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Crossroads Cowboy Classic to benefit Victoria County 4-H clubs

By Jessica Rodrigo
Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.

The custom-made barbecue trailer that will be raffled off Saturday night at the Crossroads  Cowboy Classic is pictured. Tickets are $10 each, and funds raised will support the Victoria Jaycee's Children's Shopping Day on Dec. 1. To purchase tickets, call Keith Jackson at 361-655-1150.

The Victoria Jaycees' third annual Crossroads Cowboy Classic benefits a cause close to the hearts of its members.

Traci Shadle, co-chairwoman of the Crossroads Cowboy Classic, said the event is one of the many fundraisers hosted by the group to raise money for different organizations in the area. This year, funds from the event will go toward the Victoria County 4-H Clubs.

The Victoria Jaycees will bring the two-day Crossroads Cowboy Classic to the Victoria Community Center and livestock arena Friday and Saturday.

Friday and Saturday will include bull riding, along with mutton bustin' and a pig scramble for the kids. The Phillip Griffin Band and Cory Morrow will perform Saturday night to wrap things up.

Shadle is the club manager of the Guadalupe 4-H group and knows firsthand how important it is for community groups like 4-H to receive help from the Victoria Jaycees.

"It helps them breathe a little easier," Shadle said.

Money raised from the event will help the 13 Victoria County 4-H clubs with dues and other expenses.

During the year, she said, it's not uncommon to have children who can't pay their dues or find managers who are willing to cover expenses out of their own pockets.

The youth program also holds a special place in the memories of the Victoria Jaycees members.

"Almost every single one of our Jaycees either has kids in 4-H, were in 4-H or - because of Livestock Show - were involved in knowing kids who are in 4-H," she said. "It was kind of a no-brainer."

Victoria Jaycee Doug Ellisor has a 13-year-old son who is in his second year as a member of the Guadalupe 4-H club.

Ellisor, 40, said his son, James, was looking for something to join that was outside of Howell Middle School's extracurricular activities. Now, his son competes in the club's shooting events, including archery and rifle shooting.

When Ellisor was 9 years old, he joined 4-H in Edwards County and found his niche in showing animals.

"I grew up country, and so I did chickens and goats," he said.

But the club offers children more than competition, Ellisor said. Members learn life skills, including responsibility, time management and more, as well as meet other children with similar interests.

The Crossroads Cowboy Classic is a fun event that supports the community, he said.

"We need to support our community," Ellisor said. "Come out and have a good time."



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