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Advocate editorial board opinion: Get a taste of culture ... agri, that is

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 29, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.


IF YOU GO:

What: Victoria Livestock Show opening ceremony

Where: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

When: Noon, Thursday

For more information, phone 361-576-4300

One mainstay Victoria residents can rely on is the Victoria Livestock Show. And the show usually comes at the time spring is hinting its arrival.

As you may have observed, just about every town in the Crossroads has a livestock show - for example, the smallest community of Hope to the largest, Victoria, has a livestock show.

The reason for these shows is clear: Livestock shows represent the culture of an agrarian society, and most of us enjoy this celebration of our lives. And even if you don't consider yourself ag-oriented, you are smack dab in the middle of an agricultural center and should check it out. You won't regret it.

When residents attend a livestock show, they get entertainment, food, education and good family fun. These categories could include home-cooked entrees, music of all kinds, carnival rides, rodeo events, education for our youth, shopping opportunities with vendors and so much more.

Another great benefit of livestock shows is the revenue they generate.

This year marks the 66th Victoria Livestock Show, and officials expect about 20,000 people to attend this year. The livestock show is at the Victoria Community Center, beginning Thursday and running through Monday.

As you might guess, many of those people will be spending money, staying the night, eating out in local restaurants and more. Money spent rolls around in the community, and that benefits Victoria's economy, which already is doing fairly well -- this is like icing on a cake.

We have to mention the most important benefit of livestock shows: Youths greatly benefit from livestock shows. Youth projects - months or years in the planning - are shown and are on display. One of our colleagues said she likes to go to the livestock show because "the animals are cute."

The animals are not only cute, but they are raised to be the best stock in the world. Youths learn good husbandry, responsibility, business practices, discipline and more. These valuable lessons last a lifetime for them.

We can't say enough about livestock shows, especially the Victoria Livestock Show, and how they benefit communities. We urge all to go to the show and experience a really good time. You won't be sorry you went.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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