Ellis County Youth Expo

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2018 Schedule – Tentative

Sunday, March 25, 2018
8:00 AM – All livestock may begin arriving.
3:00 PM – Weigh Market Goats
Upon completion of Goats – Weigh Market Lambs (Classification Orders will be posted)

Monday, March 26, 2018
11:00 AM – Weigh Market Swine (Classification Orders will be posted)
1:00 PM – Check-in Broilers and Breeding Rabbits
2:00 PM – Weigh Market Rabbits
5:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies
6:00 PM – Broiler and Breeding Rabbit Show
7:00 PM – Market Rabbit Show – immediately following Breeding Rabbit Show

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
9:00 AM – Dairy Goat Show followed by Jr/Sr. Showmanship.
10:00 AM – All livestock must be in place, except heifers.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Shop Projects Arrive, MUST BE CHECKED IN BY 6:00 P.M.
1:00 PM – PeeWee Lamb Showmanship
1:00 PM – Market Lamb Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
PeeWee Goat Showmanship – 30 Minutes immediately following conclusion of Market Lamb Show
Market Goat Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
4:00 PM – Weigh Market Steers (Classification Orders will be posted)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Check in items for Creative Arts

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Check in items for Creative Arts
9:30 AM – Begin Creative Arts Judging
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM – Public viewing of Creative Arts
1:00 PM – Market Swine Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
4:00 PM – PeeWee Swine Showmanship
4:00 PM – Release Creative Arts Projects
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Check Heifer papers. Heifers must be in place.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00 AM – A Day In The Ring
10:00 AM – Ag. Mechanics Build Off

Friday, March 30, 2018
8:00 AM – Judging of all Shop Projects
1:00 PM – Ag. Mechanics award presentation. Projects will be released after awards.
1:00 PM – Heifer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
3:00 PM – PeeWee Cattle Showmanship
3:00 PM – Market Steer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship

FOLLOWING THE MARKET STEER SHOW, EXIBITORS OF ALL SPECIES/PROJECTS ARE EXPECTED TO ASSIST IN SETTING UP FOR THE SALE!!!!!

Saturday, March 31, 2018
9:00 AM – All Non-Sale Animals must be out of the barn!
11:00 AM – BBQ Lunch
12:00 PM – Opening Sale Announcements
12:00 PM – Sale

Monday, April 2, 2018
5:00 PM – EXPO CLEANUP!!!!!!!!!!!

Show Superintendents

Market Steers: Tommy Rossa, Moe Francis, Ricky Johnston, Mike Gleason
Market Lambs: Rodney Rankin, Candice Jones, Pam Underwood, Rodney Pickard
Market Goats: Tom Moore, Wes Jones, Lee Keele, John Middleton
Market Swine: Gene Sellers, Dusty Autrey, Dale Ellis, Derrick Norwood, Sr.
Market Broilers: Keith Shaw, Tommy Hendrickson, Robby Dudley
Market/Breeding Rabbits: Taryn Rodgers, Katie Nolan, Cole Turner
Breeding Heifers: Chuck Buchholz, Doug Kuykendall, Bill Foshea, Sid Kuykendall, Randy Johnston
Ag Mechanics: Shawn Yarbrough, RC Cunningham, Tim Vines, Steve Ratliff
Creative Arts: Linda Trojan, Karen Arnold, Cam Jackson, Rita Hodges, Carly Rejcek, Katie Hobbs, Heather Dineen, Melinda Hines

Judges

Market Steers and Breeding Heifers: Ryan Cummins
Mr. Cummins graduated from Brenham High School and attended Clarendon Junior College receiving an Associates Degree in Science and was on the outstanding and competitive livestock judging team. Two years later, Mr. Cummins graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. While at OSU, he was a member of the prestigious and award winning Livestock Judging Team that was extremely competitive during the years of 2002-2003. Mr. Cummins has also attended Sam Houston State University where he furthered his educational goals by earning a Masters Degree in Agriculture in the summer of 2008 with the addition of a Texas Teaching Certificate in Agricultural Education.

To date, Mr. Cummins has judged a variety of market and breeding cattle, sheep, swine and goat shows in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Mr.Cummins believes that showmanship and experience is crucial to being successful in the show ring and that it’s a continual learning process.

Currently residing in Texas with his young family and daughters, Mr. Cummins enjoys spending time with Raynie and Maekenna (his daughters) and Brycen (his son), judging livestock shows, and helping young people become successful in many forms of Agricultural endeavors.

Market Swine: Josh Elkins
Josh Elkins lives in Franklin , Tx and works for MoorMan’s Showtec as a Showfeed Specialist. Has two daughters, one is a Sophomore and the other is an eighth grader. Both of them are involved in playing sports and showing pigs year round. He is recently engaged to Tammy Gebert and is looking forward to marrying the most wonderful woman he’s ever met.
Josh has 15 sows that he farrows twice a year and really enjoys helping families be successful in and out of the show ring. He enjoys judging pig shows and looks forward to coming to Ellis County.  Josh says he has a passion for kids and for livestock and wants everyone to remember that “Minutes are worth more than Money, Spend them Wisely”…

Market Broilers: Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds is a retired Ag. Science teacher that taught 31 years. He spent his last 6 years at Alba-Golden High School. He currently works at Visual Techniques Inc. as a sales consultant where he still develops relationships with schools selling classroom technology. Robert graduated from Gladewater High School in 1982 and Stephen F. Austin in 1986. Robert has been very successful training Leadership Development and Career Development teams during his tenure. His career in education was highlighted by his students winning the National Quiz contest his last year at Alba-Golden. While teaching he has trained multiple state qualifying Poultry Judging teams. He has numerous students place broilers in the Houston sale and his own kids and students have won many county poultry shows. Robert has judged Franklin Co., Smith Co. Rusk Co and Cass county poultry show. “I love the interaction with the competitors during the show”. “I really enjoy judging but the students are my passion”. Mr. Reynolds is very excited to judging Ellis County Poultry Show.

Ag Mechanics: Mark Vitters
Mark Vitters is an Agricultural Science teacher in Corsicana, Texas and has been teaching for 24 years. He has sponsored his students and led them in all Texas State competitions. He and his students have garnered several “Overall” Grand and Reserve Grand Champions at the State Fair of Texas, San Angelo Stock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Mark is a seasoned Texas Ag Mechanics judge and list the Heart of Texas Fair, Anderson County Fair, Freestone County Fair, Bell County Fair, Hill County Fair, Erath County Fair, Van Zandt County Fair, and Kaufman County Fair. He has previously serve the Ellis County Youth Expo Ag Mechanics judge and considers the event one of his favorites. Mark is passionate about Ag Science Education, particularly programs related to Ag Mechanics and believes and teaches the values of learning and refining employable skills: both vocational and communication. .

Ag Mechanics: Dillon Bradbury
Mr. Bradbury is a graduate of Waxahachie High School. He attended Texas Tech University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Agriculture with a Teaching Certification. While at Texas Tech, he spent a lot of his time in mechanical classes in the college of agriculture. Upon graduation, he began his teaching career in the Texas Hill Country with a focus in agriculture mechanics courses. He currently teaches agriculture mechanics courses at John Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie.

He has been teaching for five years. The the last four of those years have been at his current school in Grand Prairie. He has judged other county and invitational agriculture mechanics project shows throughout the state. Agriculture mechanics is his passion, and it shows with his involvement in the major livestock shows along with hosting contests of his own for students. He believes in building young people through hard work, problem solving, and public speaking. He also believes that that is what agriculture mechanics is all about.

He grew up showing in the Ellis County Youth Expo. He currently resides in Ellis County, and he and his wife help the youth of Ellis County each year by buying animals that do not make the sale. Agriculture Education is a huge part of his life, and it is the reason he does what he does today.

Market Lambs and Goats: Jordon Clam
BIO Coming Soon.

Market and Breeding Rabbits: Mike Winthrow
Mr. Withrow has been raising rabbits since 1962 and received ARBA judges license in 1974 and has been invited to judge all over the USA, Canada, and Mexico. He has experience raising many rabbit breeds, but primarily the meat breeds. He retired from Tandy Brands after 38 years and since has been operating W-W Small Animals, raising numerous small animals for the pet industry.