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Swine prospect show is Saturday in Cuero

ALLISON MILES

By ALLISON MILES
Jan. 10, 2012 at midnight
Updated Jan. 9, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.

The Cuero Masonic Lodge will host a swine prospect show Saturday at the Friar Ag Building. The event's goal is to help children prepare for area livestock shows and to raise scholarship money for local students.

Help is on the way for Crossroads kids gearing up for stock show season.

The Cuero Masonic Lodge will host a swine prospect show Saturday at the Friar Ag Building, located inside Cuero's city park.

The annual event, open to exhibitors enrolled in school below the college level, gives participants a chance to review their swine before they go before judges at stock shows, said J.C. Hull, one of the organizers.

"It's getting them ready for the main show," he said, noting students can opt to participate in showmanship, too. "A lot of the kids work hard and think they're doing everything OK, but might be putting weight on in the wrong places, things like that."

It isn't just the kids who get something out of the event, Hull said. The animals also see benefits, as they get used to going in and out of cages and to being around other animals.

San Marcos agriculture teacher Scot Brown will judge the show, according to an event flyer, and prizes range from belt buckles to satchels, to hog feeders and more.

Proceeds go into a scholarship fund to benefit a student in Cuero, said Albert Jahnsen, another event organizer.

"We like to do something for the kids," he said. "We're all Masons. We like to help the kids out."

Jahnsen said the prospect show has drawn up to 50 participants in previous years and said he hopes to see a strong turnout this time around.

The deadline to register is noon the day of the show, and, unlike previous years, wood shavings will be allowed in pens.

For more information, contact Jahnsen at 361-275-2240 or email Hull at jc.hull@att.net.

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