Students show off their work at 50th Rusk County Youth Project Show

Ryder Paul, 10, weighs one of his rabbits at the Rusk County Youth Project Show at the Rusk County Youth Expo Center in Henderson on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Ag teachers and county agents in Gregg County are working hard to ensure a successful 2021 Gregg County Youth Expo for their students. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the board has had to make several changes in what the 2021 show will look like — but at the end of the day, the board had a clear vision of providing a safe, engaging experience for exhibitors and supporters.

The third annual Gregg County Youth Expo is scheduled to begin Jan. 7 and conclude on Jan. 8, with the live auction beginning at 6 p.m. All GCYE events will take place at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Tyler.

The Gregg County Youth Expo will feature agricultural mechanics projects, livestock, floral arrangements and horticulture projects. Traditionally the show also includes a dessert division, but this year out of an abundance of caution the board have elected to forego this division.

Ag mechanics projects are all constructed by students under the supervision of their FFA advisors or a county extension agent. Projects from previous years include trailers, deer stands, benches and much much more. The fabrication skills students learn in constructing projects will give them skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives and even use them in a future career. These fantastic projects will be eligible for the “Sale of Champions,” where only the top 70 percent will be eligible to sell in live auction.

Livestock projects including rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, swine and cattle will be exhibited and evaluated by a skilled livestock judge. Students exhibiting these projects learn valuable animal husbandry skills. Livestock projects serve as a valuable tool to teach young people the importance of hard work, dedication and what it is like to care for something completely dependent on them. At the end of the feeding period when projects reach their optimum market weight, they will be harvested and put into the food chain.

The 4-H and FFA members would greatly appreciate your support. At this time GCYE is still seeking show sponsors as well as buyers and supporters for the live auction. It has never been easier to support your local exhibitors. You can attend the show or sale in person, make a donation via telephone, or choose to make a donation online.

For more information contact Morgan Shively, any Gregg County ag science teacher, or the Gregg County 4-H agent.

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