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Texas Parks and Wildlife visits the State Fair of Texas


The State Fair of Texas® had a new guest on the grounds in 2013, Texas Parks and Wildlife. From Friday, Sept, 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29 Texas Parks and Wildlife set up in the Poultry Science building where it featured a variety of exhibits. Trey Hamlett, outreach and recruitment manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife, said the State Fair is ...

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Llamas as livestock are family affair


An FFA advisor from Waco, Texas, helps prepare her student’s livestock for the upcoming show. She feeds, waters, sheers, clips and washes him until he looks his best. She puts on his halter and walks into the ring, hoping to “wow” the judge with her animal’s balance and amount of finish. The judge hands her a ribbon to congratulate her ...

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Excitement fills the air at 2013 State Fair of Texas


The 2013 State Fair of Texas® is breaking records with exhibitor entries in the livestock show and the excitement is equally as high. For Goliad High School senior, Mccalley Cunningham, this year’s State Fair is filled with excitement because it will be her last time to show in Dallas. “This show is the first of my last shows for my ...

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Purina Honor Show Chow educates youth at the State Fair of Texas


Purina® Honor® Show Chow® visits the State Fair of Texas® to educate youth about exhibiting livestock at their Show Ring Success Seminar Tuesday, Oct. 1. By attending the seminar, youth like Bailey Riley of Guadalupe County 4-H hope to gain valuable knowledge they can apply in the show ring. “I am hoping to become more educated about showing livestock that ...

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Youth market barrows


Youth Market week at the State Fair of Texas® has returned! The Youth Market Barrow entries have risen to more than 1,000 barrows, nearly breaking the record for the highest entries in State Fair history. Youth market barrow move-in began at 9 p.m. on Sept. 30 and continued until 7 the following morning. “The fun of hog week is moving ...

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Youth steer show continues to grow


This year as livestock and exhibitors flooded onto the grounds at the State Fair of Texas®, many species had a record number of entries. These records serve as a reminder that youth shows continue to be viewed as integral teaching opportunities by industry stakeholders. However, those stakeholders are not the only individuals recognizing the importance of events like the State ...

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State Fair of Texas holds auction to give back to student exhibitors


The State Fair of Texas held a Youth Livestock Auction to raise money for scholarships on Oct. 4 in the Tom Thumb Sales Pavilion. Two hundred and fifty-seven exhibitors earned the right to participate in the Youth Livestock Auction. Ten of those 257 were awarded with Grand and Reserve Grand Champion in their species and were placed in the first ...

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Show serves as memorial to Greg Clardy


Greg Clardy is a caring man whose smile will brighten your day. He was born and raised here in Dallas, Texas, where he started showing donkeys about 10 years ago. This year at the State Fair of Texas®, he was asked to substitute as superintendent for the donkey, mule and miniature donkey shows. Even though Greg has been involved with ...

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The voices that keep us going


As everyone lines up in the show ring, the voices over the loud speakers throughout the barns announced the start time and lineup for the first class. The voices we all hear, but do not always put names with, are just as important as the judge evaluating the livestock. The voices keep the flow of the show moving and help ...

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Waggoner family gives back


The Collegiate Livestock Judging contest brings in college students from junior and senior colleges and gives them the opportunity to learn and grow their judging experience. Colleges travel from as far as Nebraska to as close as right here in Dallas. This contest is made possible by many dedicated volunteers and sponsors. Dr. Douglas Smith brought his team all the ...

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