WINTERS – When Bryce Lamphear talks about the seven pigs that he is preparing to show this weekend in the Runnels County Junior Livestock Show, he gets a twinkle in his eye.

WINTERS – When Bryce Lamphear talks about the seven pigs that he is preparing to show this weekend in the Runnels County Junior Livestock Show, he gets a twinkle in his eye.

“I’m doing this for my sister,” said Lamphear, a senior at Winters High School. “I want to help her learn how to do this.”

Lamphear’s younger sister, whose little sister Karmen is in kindergarten, said she has named all of his livestock this year, just like she did last year, the first year he participated in the show.

Lamphear is among 130 4-H and FFA members from across Runnels County who will be participating in the 16th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show which gets underway Thursday, and wraps up Saturday. The show will be held at the Ballinger Community Center and is sponsored by the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association as well as local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Lamphear’s seven swine include Frosty the Snowman, Gremlin, Daisy, Cotton, Big Mama, Domino and Mija.

“She loves to name them,” he said Monday while steering one of his swine around the pens at the livestock barns.

Fellow FFA members Samantha Yates, an 8th grader at Winters Junior High and Molly Weaver, a 9th grader at Winters High School, were getting ready in the practice arena.

Weaver, who won Grand Champion honors for her rabbits last year, is raising pigs for the first time this year.

“It’s hard,” she said. “You have to do a lot more work.”

Weaver said she hopes to raise lambs next year.

Yates, who has also shown rabbits is now showing pigs too.

“I just love animals,” Yates said.

Hannah Franklin, the new agriculture teacher at WISD, was guiding her students Monday afternoon to get them ready for the show.

“Their job is to exhibit the animal to the best of their ability and to hide any flaws they might have,” Franklin said. “They have put a lot of time and effort in this.”

Franklin, a 2012 graduate of WHS, is no stranger to livestock shows herself, especially in Runnels County.

She had the Grand Champion steer in 2010 and the Reserve Champion steer in 2011. Her brother, Sam Woodall was a Grand Champion winner in 2016.

Franklin said she earned about $50,000 to go toward her tuition at Texas Tech University after participating in 10-12th grades.

Lamphear, said he is participating to earn college tuition as he plans to Tarleton State University and major in agriculture business next year. He said he has learned valuable lessons working with livestock over the years.

“It has given me a bigger sense of responsibility and I’ve learned time management,” Lamphear said. “I also like it because my little sister is going to do it.”

All livestock will check in at the community center from 1-6 p.m. today and weigh-in will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday shows begin at 9 a.m. beginning with the swine show.  

A noon hamburger meal provided by the Ballinger Young Farmers will be served Friday and after lunch, the show will resume beginning with the rabbit show followed by the meat goat show Friday afternoon.

The sheep show will get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by lambs, breeding and showmanship categories. The cattle show follows and will feature heifers and steers followed by the showmanship category.

A noon buyer’s meal will be served at the community center for all sponsors, contributors and buyers.

The Runnels County Premium Sale gets underway at 2 p.m. Saturday and every youth has the opportunity to sell a project. All funds generated in the premium sale go to 4-H and FFA youth.