What- 46th annual Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale
When- Monday, Jan. 21 – Saturday, Jan. 26 (see below for best visuals during the weeklong show)
Where- Gerlach Show Barn, 18945 Babcock Road, 78255 (about 3 miles outside of Loop 1604 off of Babcock Rd., barn will be on your left)
Who- Hundreds of NISD FFA and 4H students and hundreds of goats, lambs, swine, steer, rabbits and poultry – there are more than 800 entries in this year’s show
The Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale has been a Northside ISD tradition since 1973. Next week, 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; many will use it to help pay for college. But first, it all comes down to a few moments in the spotlight and one chance to impress the judge.
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 $1 million for students and scholarships.
To date, the Gerlach show has provided nearly $17 million to students.
Dates of Interest: (best visual opportunities are in bold)
- Monday- 10 a.m. Poultry Judging, 4 p.m. Rabbit Judging
- Tuesday- 8 a.m. Goat Judging, 11 a.m. Lamb Judging (or 30 minutes after Goat Judging ends)
- Wednesday- 4 p.m. Steer Judging
- Thursday- 8 a.m. Swine Judging
- Saturday- 11 a.m.- Auction and Sale (Opening ceremonies at 10:30am)
Come see the excitement as ribbons are handed out, grand champions are crowned, and animals are sold at auction. (The most bittersweet moments are typically after the auction, as students must say goodbye to the animals they have raised for months.)