Stock Show History
The Erath County Junior Livestock Show is an integral aspect of our community, providing our 4H & FFA members an opportunity to exhibit and sell their project animals. Erath County boasts a rich history in agriculture in all aspects of farming, ranching and dairy operations. The junior livestock show took root approximately 60 years ago and has been held annually since its inception. First held at Stephenville City Park, the show then moved to Tarleton State University and finally to its current location on FM 2157. The current location was established on land donated by a group of community members in the early 1960s. And originally the show was sponsored by the Agriculture Committee of the Chamber of Commerce but is now currently conducted by the Erath County Livestock Association's Junior Livestock Show Committee through many volunteers who donate countless hours to support the event.
During the early days of the show, approximately 90 animals of all species were exhibited. At the 2019 show over 587 animals were entered, and the total auction was $380,160.00. The show continues to grow in both size and scope in an attempt to meet the changing needs of current 4H and FFA members.
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I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E.M. Tiffany and adopted at the Third National FFA Convention. It was revised at the 38th and 63rd Conventions