Ellis County Youth Expo

2019 Schedule

Sunday, March 24, 2019
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 25, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM – Check-in Broilers and Breeding Rabbits
9:00 – 11:00 AM – Weigh Market Rabbits
11:00 AM – Weigh Market Swine (Classification Orders will be posted)
12:00 PM – Broiler and Breeding Rabbit Show
3:00 PM – Market Rabbit Show – immediately following Breeding Rabbit Show
7:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
9:00 AM – Dairy Goat Show followed by Jr/Sr. Showmanship.
10:00 AM – All livestock must be in place, except cattle.
2:00 PM – 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 – 6:00 PM – Check in items for Creative Arts

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Check in items for Creative Arts
9:30 AM – Begin Creative Arts Judging
11:00 AM – Market Swine Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
12:00 NOON – 4:00 PM – Public viewing of Creative Arts
2:00 PM – PeeWee Swine Showmanship
4:00 PM – Release Creative Arts Projects

Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:00 AM – A Day In The Ring
10:00 AM – Ag. Mechanics Build Off
3:00 PM – All steers must be in place
3:00 PM – Weigh & Classify Market Steers (Classification Orders will be posted)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Check Heifer papers. Heifers must be in place.

Friday, March 29, 2019
8:00 AM – Judging of all Shop Projects
11:00 AM – Heifer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship
1:00 PM – Ag. Mechanics award presentation. Projects will be released after awards.
2:00 PM – PeeWee Cattle Showmanship
2:00 PM – Market Steer Show, followed by Jr/Sr Showmanship


Release Times are the day of the Show of your respective Species. Or you can stay until after the sale order has been produced. If you leave the premises and get bumped up, you will not be allowed back on the premises.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
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 1, 2019
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: Karen Arnold, Heather Dineen, Becky Britten, Liz Espie, Carly Pechal, Jeremiah Glover


Market Steers and Breeding Heifers: Dwight Callis
BIO Coming Soon.

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 Lambs: Marvin Ensor
BIO Coming Soon

Market Goats: Brandon Callis
BIO Coming Soon

Market and Breeding Rabbits: Anthony Bell
BIO Coming Soon

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.

Dairy Goats: Justin Bassett
Justin Bassett lives in Roanoke, Texas, and owns and manages RiverGrace Farm where he raises Nubian and Lamancha dairy goats with his wife and three daughters. He works as a graphic designer and real estate investor as well as judging several dairy goat shows per year with the American Dairy Goat Association. Justin began raising dairy goats in 1992 when he bought a recorded grade doe for $50. Justin is passionate about breeding quality, productive dairy goats and pouring into the next generation of dairy farmers. His favorite thing about judging is teaching youth, and he enters every show he judges with a goal of providing at least one tangible piece of advice to many as youth exhibitors as possible that they can take home with them and be better exhibitors and breeders.

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: Charles Prouse
BIO Coming Soon