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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.

Schedule of Events

Carnival occurs through Sunday


8:30 a.m. - Market rabbit judging

9 a.m.-noon - Ag mechanics and county fair judging

Noon - Market broiler judging

Noon - Grand opening ceremony

Noon-9:30 p.m. - Exhibit hall open

Noon-midnight - Beer garden open

1-7 p.m. - County fair and ag mechanics open

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Carcass winners announced

1:30 p.m. - Breeding rabbit judging

2:30-9 p.m. - Market hog judging

8 p.m. - Southern Drive Band in the beer garden


8 a.m. - Sweepstakes heifer show

8 a.m.-3 p.m. - Kids' day arranged with the schools

8 a.m.-10 p.m. - Petting zoo open

10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Exhibit hall open

10 a.m. - Commercial heifer judging

10 a.m.-7 p.m. - County fair and ag mechanics open

Noon-midnight - Beer garden open

1-3 p.m. - Market lamb judging

3-6 p.m. - Market goat judging

6:30 p.m. - Commercial heifer winners announced

7 p.m. - Market steer judging

8 p.m. - County Line Band in the beer garden


8 a.m. - TCCA junior heifer show

10 a.m.-9 p.m. - Petting zoo open

10 a.m.-9 p.m. - Exhibit hall open

10 a.m.-noon - County fair projects released

Noon-12:30 a.m. - Beer garden open

1 p.m. - Junior breeding gilt judging

3 p.m. - Commercial heifer sale

4-6 p.m. - Western games

6 p.m. - Karaoke finals in the beer garden

8 p.m.-midnight - Youth dance in Jaycee Hall


10-11 a.m. - Livestock judging contest registration

11 a.m. - Livestock judging contest

Noon-5 p.m. - Exhibit hall open

Noon-5 p.m. - Petting zoo open


3 p.m. - Buyer registration and sign-in begins for auction

4 p.m. - FFA/4-H youth awards and scholarships

4:30 p.m. - Auction in dome

Get the most out of the carnival

The Reed Exposition Midway will be up until Sunday night, offering stockshow guests a chance for thrills and prizes.

"If you're going to ride, buy a wristband," Jimmy Reed Jr., owner and manager of Reed Exposition Midway, said.

The wristband is the best way to take in the carnival, which has more than 20 rides, he said. There are rides for all ages, from the tall Kamikaze to the Hampton Motorcycle jump for kids. For $20, thrill-seekers can try all the rides for any number of times.

Aside from the rides, there are games and food vendors throughout the carnival.

"My favorite games are the water races because there is a winner every time," Reed said. "It's good, clean family entertainment."

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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