The 17th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show was a success this year, with young people from Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs county wide showing their livestock projects Jan. 12-13.

The 17th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show was a success this year, with young people from Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs county wide showing their livestock projects Jan. 12-13.

There were 98 exhibitors who entered more than 300 entries in the livestock show this year. Entries came from Ballinger, Miles and Winters FFA groups as well as the Runnels County 4-H organizations. In this year's show Ballinger FFA had 85 entries, Ballinger 4-H had 60 entries, Winters FFA had 37 entries, Winters 4-H had five entries, Miles FFA had 70 entries, Miles 4-H had 38 entries, Olfen FFA had five entries and Rowena 4-H had four entries.

"It was a great show this year," said Curt Skelton, president of the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association. "Our hog show was the biggest I've ever seen and our Premium Sale may be one of the biggest. We want to thank everyone who participated and helped with the show as well as all of the volunteers."

The event is held at the Ballinger Community Center, featured the swine show on Friday, which was the largest group of livestock shown. That show was followed by the showing of rabbits goats and sheep. The cattle were shown Saturday and that showing was followed by the Premium Sale. A noon buyers meal was held in the community center for all sponsors, contributors and buyers on Saturday.

The announcers this year were Ballinger High School Principal Robert Webb, Ballinger Elementary Principal Jamie Dudley and Jeff Smith of KRUN AM radio.

The judges for the show included Chris Beard for rabbits, Jake Warntjes for meat goats and sheep, Wade Shackleford for cattle and Tad Knight of Shallowater as the swine judge.

“There is no better program than what showing livestock does for families,” Knight told the crowd at the end of the swine show Friday. “It builds character and teaches teamwork.”

Ballinger Agriculture science teacher Tylan Long was pleased with the outcome and the hard work by both the students, businesses, organizations and volunteers.

“All of the kids are doing an exceptional job,” Long said. “Plus we have a lot of great volunteers and alot of businesses are donating manpower to the show and that means a lot.”

This year, the Premium Sale netted $90,000 up from last year’s total by $10,000, said Jason Battle, treasurer of the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association. Local and area businesses attended the premium sale and help support the youth of Runnels County.

All funds generated in the premium sale go to the 4-H and FFA youth. The premium sale is the largest single event in Runnels County that supports youth projects and helps 4-H and FFA members gain scholarship funds and funds for future projects. The Runnels County Register will publish a special section on Jan. 25 which will include the results of the show along with photos of the Grand and Reserve champion winners.