44th annual Gerlach Livestock Show & Sale raises money for scholarships

For 44 years, the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale has been a Northside ISD tradition that has quietly raised nearly $15 million in college scholarships for students. This year’s event has 795 entries which will again draw hundreds of students and livestock bidders.  

The Livestock Show and Sale is scheduled Jan. 23 to Jan. 28 at the Gerlach Show Barn, located at 18945 Babcock Road (about three miles outside of Loop 1604). The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

After months of preparation, hundreds of FFA and 4H students hope their hard work with their animals will pay off, literally. Animals sold in the Gerlach Show’s auction earn money for their owners to help pay for college. In fact, last year’s record-setting sales included the Grand Champion goat that brought in over $20,000, and a pig that sold for $13,500. 

In addition to the judging in the main area, there’s always a flurry of activity in the pens as students prepare their animals for their turn in the show arena. Hundreds of parents, family members, and fellow competitors are also on hand to watch the judging and support the event.

Students, whose animals “place” in the show, can sell them in the auction on Saturday morning. Last year’s sale and auction raised a record amount, more than $825,000 for students and scholarships.

Highlights of the Show and Sale:

  • Monday – 10 a.m. Poultry Judging (chickens and turkeys), 4 p.m. Rabbit Judging
  • Tuesday – 8 a.m. Goat Judging, 11 a.m. Lamb Judging (or 30 minutes after Goat Judging ends)
  • Wednesday – 10 a.m. Ag Mechanics Projects, 5 p.m. Steer Judging 
  • Thursday – 8 a.m. Swine Judging
  • Saturday – 11 a.m. – Auction and Sale (Opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.)