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Refugio County fair: First-time winners discuss fair success

By JR Ortega
March 25, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated March 24, 2010 at 10:25 p.m.

Logan Myers shows and explains how he raised his poultry to one of the judges for the senior showmanship award at the Refugio County Fair and Livestock Show on Thursday.

LIVESTOCK SHOW SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

9 a.m. - Market swine.

2 p.m. - Breeding heifer judging followed by market steer judging.

7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - Padilla Hall - Los Garcia Brothers with special guests La Guerra Musical and Randy Garcia Y Conjunto Estrella.

7:30 p.m. - Lester Meier Rodeo Co.

SATURDAY

11 a.m. - Buyers' reception at Padilla Hall.

Noon - Picante sauce contest.

1 p.m. - Youth Livestock Show Auction.

7:30 p.m. - Lester Meier Rodeo Co.

9 p.m.-1 a.m. - Padilla Hall "Run of the Mill" with special guest Whiskey Bent Band

Logan Myers and Michelle Rosas have participated in or visited the Refugio County Fair and Livestock Show for the past eight years.

Myers and Rosas experienced a first this year, however. The two exhibitors experienced victory.

"It's been a fun experience," said Myers, who won reserved champion for poultry on Thursday. "I'm very proud of what I did this year."

Myers, a 15-year-old Refugio High School student, changed this time how he fed and raised his broilers. The strategy pushed him closer to becoming a grand champion, he said

"I usually get anywhere from fourth through 10th," he said.

Now all Myers can do is relax and wait until Saturday's auction, he said.

Later in the day, he stood in line with other senior poultry exhibitors to vie for the chance to win showmanship.

Michelle Rosas also stood in that line. When the winner for showmanship was called, she couldn't believe she won, she said.

"It was awesome, shocking and exciting," Rosas, a 15-year-old, said after her win.

Like Myers, Rosas finally got to experience the feeling of being at the top.

The buckle and win is something her grandmother, Isabel Garcia, couldn't stop smiling about.

"I'm very proud of her," the grandmother said. "I have two granddaughters in the show and I'm very proud of all my grandchildren."

During break time, people scattered around the fairgrounds. It was morning, and a limited number of concession stands were open.

Myers stopped by the 4-H run stand. It was pretty quiet, though.

The real mayhem begins Friday and Saturday, said Melissa Garcia, who is with the Mission 4-H Club booster club.

"It's hectic sometimes," she said. "Our most popular thing is nachos."

The five 4-H clubs that make up Refugio County each gather volunteers for the day, Garcia said. This is the first year in some time that they won't work the Saturday shift.

Garcia and several other booster mothers have children who are sometimes in the auction, so working concession during the Saturday auction can be difficult.

"We would divide up our time to see the children in the auction," she said.

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