Victoria Livestock Show is family event, says chairwoman

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Feb. 22, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

It's all about family.

For Robin Janecka, 2014 Victoria Livestock Show advertising/marketing chairwoman, the weeklong event is a tradition that has been in her family since her dad showed steers.

Her dad, Gary Loest, won grand champion steer in 1970. When she was younger, she and her siblings showed animals, too. Janecka is proud to be a volunteer in this Victoria tradition and said it couldn't happen without other volunteers like her.

"It's a very nice organized, family atmosphere," she said.

This is the third year for the event to be hosted by the Victoria Fair Association and Victoria Livestock Show Inc., which was founded by the Victoria Jaycees.

Many of the Jaycees members are event volunteers and help make it something special for the area, Janecka said.

"We're all working to better the community," she said. "We do it because we love it."

The 2014 pony and pet shows were canceled because of low participation, she said.

However, the county fair has a host of participants from the community and the schools, she said.

"It's neat to see the handmade and artistic things from the community," she said.

The livestock judging by students has grown a lot larger than what she remembered as a livestock show exhibitor. It brings in students from the surrounding counties and raises the level of competition for the show.

"I remember when it was really, really small, just in the starting stages, it's an important part of the show and exciting to watch."



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