45th annual Gerlach Livestock Show & Sale raises money for scholarships

For 45 years, the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale has been a Northside ISD tradition that has quietly raised nearly $16 million in college scholarships for students. This year’s event will again draw hundreds of students and livestock bidders with 823 entries.  

The Livestock Show and Sale is scheduled January 22 through January 27 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 Future Farmers of America (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 $23,000. 

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 $957,000 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.)

From the WGLS Board of Directors:

 The WGLS  Board of Directors takes great pride in dedicating our 45th Anniversary Stock Show to two former Gerlach show exhibitors and current Auction co-chairs; M’lissa Chumbley and Ernie DeWinne.

  These two individuals exemplify the true spirit of leadership in our community. They have served our stock show with the highest degree of character and integrity. Over their many years of service, they have touched the lives of thousands of youth involved in agriculture.  Mrs. Chumbley and Mr. DeWinne have shared their work ethic and passion for serving kids, to all of us involved in the Walter Gerlach Show. We honor them today for their devoted service to our program.

  M’lissa Chumbley has been a volunteer with WGLS for over 35 years. She has served on the Livestock, Hospitality and Auction committees. Her service on the Auction committee has included numerous stints as the Auction committee chair or co-chair. Mrs. Chumbley has been a dedicated buyer for many years and is diligent in making sure every exhibitor is rewarded in the auction. M’lissa continues to be a great ambassador for the stock show, attracting business leaders and public school officials’ support to our organization. Special thanks to Mrs. Chumbley, for being a tremendous asset to our show and her relentless service to NISD youth.

  Mrs. Chumbley is a High Value Insurance Specialist for USAA. She also serves as a school board trustee in NISD. Mrs. Chumbley was elected to the Northside School Board in 1995 and currently serves as President of the board. She and her husband Steve have one grandson, Nolan, and four sons, Boot, Ty, Chance, and Colton; all of them O’Connor H.S. and Texas A&M graduates.

 Ernie DeWinne's tenure as a volunteer with the WGLS has spanned over two decades of dedicated service. Mr. DeWinne has served two terms as President of the show and held several other key leadership positions on the executive team. He has previously chaired the Ag. Mechanics, Livestock, Finance, and Auction committees. Along with all of that, he has been a Top 25 Buyer for several years. Ernie has a positive attitude and focuses his energy and talents to help young people succeed. His enduring commitment to the 4-H and FFA students is truly appreciated by our entire community.  

Mr. DeWinne and his wife Debbie own DeWinne Equipment Company. They have three grown children. Their sons, Dustan and Dalton are Engineers and their daughter Madison is majoring in Agriculture, at TAMU.