Victoria County Livestock Show honors longtime participants
by Dianna Wray
Feb. 23, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.
The Victoria Livestock Show depends on its participants to make it a success. In the past year, two longtime participants in the show died. Their contributions to the livestock show are honored below.
Clinton Barrett came to Victoria as a member of the Army Veterinary Corp. in 1941. He served as an inspector for all foods of animal origin to be shipped to government personnel all over the world.
In 1945, Barrett set up his veterinary practice in Victoria, opening the Victoria Veterinary Clinic two years later.
Barrett was in practice for more than 71 years and worked on farms and ranches all over the area. He retired in 2008.
Barrett served on the Victoria Livestock Show Board for more than 40 years. The first Victoria County bred and raised steer to be declared grand champion of the Victoria Livestock Show was from Barrett's Hereford cattle, according to information from his family.
Both Barrett and his wife Audrey Barrett were heavily involved in the livestock show. They were honored as grand marshals of the 50th anniversary Victoria Livestock Show in 1996.
Audrey died in 1996. Barrett died in January.
Dace Brandt was involved in 4-H programs from childhood. As a kid he and his brother and sister started off raising lambs and moved onto to steers in Kemper City.
Brandt, who died in November, was known to be an enthusiastic participant in the Victoria Livestock Show.
In 1975, he was having trouble raising his steer and came out of the show winning awards for showmanship and grand champion of his class.
When Brandt's two sons began entering the stock show, Brandt made a point of supporting not only his sons, but also his nieces and nephews and other children who entered the show.
Brandt loved seeing the kids' expressions, the handshakes and hugs, the smiles and tears that came after he purchased their animals, his family recalled.
Brandt was involved in various aspects of the show for more than 20 years.