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Family gets ready for livestock show (w/video)

By Jessica Rodrigo
Feb. 25, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

TOP: Jennifer Opiela helps her son, Bailey Opiela, 12, both of Nursery, look for belts for Bailey for the upcoming Victoria Livestock Show. Bailey is showing his goat, Brownie, as part of the Westwood 4-H.

Press those shirts, starch those jeans and pull on those boots. It's time for the Victoria Livestock Show.

Beginning Thursday, the Victoria Community Center will be alive with activity as students from all over the county compete for grand and reserve champion.

John Pozzi, general chairman of the stock show, said there is a lot to see and experience over the five days - from judging to exhibits to the auction Monday night.

The judging is an almost all-day affair, he said. Each student will show his or her animals to the judges, where they are critiqued on how well their animal was raised and responds to their commands.

Bailey, 12, and his twin brother, Blake Opiela, have worked with their goats for the past six months to represent Westwood 4-H during the Victoria Livestock Show.

Bailey and his mom, Jennifer, visited Cavender's Boot City for a few last-minute necessities Monday night.

"We needed a few belts for the boys," his mom said.

Together with with their older sister, Brooke, the boys get to show the judges how well they've done with their goats.

"It's a lot of hard work," Bailey said.

He'll show off his goat named Brownie, who he named after her brown-red coloring. This is his fourth year to compete in the goat division, said the Cuero sixth-grader.

When Bailey shows Brownie to the judges, he'll be ready in a new pair of jeans, crisp long-sleeved shirt, boots and new studded belt.

Jennifer Opiela and her husband will be watching from afar.

"It's good to see the kids show what they've done with their animals," she said. "We try to come out and support them and their friends who have animals, too."

On Monday, the area's big spenders and supporting businesses will come out for the auction.

It's a big part of the stock show, Pozzi said, because a lot of the money raised goes back into the community in the form of scholarships. It's also a fun event to watch because of the competition and excitement in the community center dome.

"The spectators will come clapping, and some bring cowbells just to make noise to get the buyers enthused about spending a little money," Pozzi said about the auction.



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