I have some numeric facts that I would like to share with you about this event Sunday and Monday, May 6-7, at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds:
Years of tradition.
The Fauquier County Livestock Show and Sale began in 1960, when Donald Allen, Jack Kinzer and Henry Sanders decided to promote agriculture with the youth in the area. After speaking with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, it was decided they would sponsor a beef show. As interest grew sheep and hogs were added.
Species of animals shown and sold: steer, hogs, goats and sheep. The show and sale added goats in 2013.
The year in which Howard Grove of Highwater Farm near Bealeton donated the first animal for the scholarship program. A hog is sold at the end of the show, with the proceeds divided equally among graduating seniors to help them reach their future educational goals.
The number of animals that young owners will show and sell this year.
Participants in this year’s event. They must be active members of either a 4-H Livestock Club or a Future Farmers of America chapter in school.
Livestock 4-H clubs operate in Fauquier County: The Ag Club, Beef and Boar Club, Fauquier Farm Tails and Livestock Club and Mountainside Montessori. The Show and Sale Committee consists of five youths, representing those clubs.
Fauquier public schools have FFA chapters: Fauquier High, Kettle Run High, Liberty High, Cedar Lee Middle, Marshall Middle and Taylor Middle.
Extension agents, Tim Mize and Lenah Nguyen, work all year with the youths, parents and community leaders to make this event a success.