57th Annual Midland County Livestock Show Draws Out Animal Buyers

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - From pigs, to chickens, rabbits, and cows.

The 57th annual livestock auction was filled with animals put together to recognize the efforts of the 4-H club and Future Farmers of America in showing fine livestock.

"Kids get to sell their animals for all the hardwork they've done throughout the year. It's a reward for them and a lot of them use it for their college education," Jim Bob McNeil, President of the Midland County Livestock Association, said.

High school students who participated in the program were honored with outstanding awards.

"We gave 500 scholarships to 11 students who will use those scholarships to go on obviously to college," McNeil said.

The Midland County Livestock Association is composed of volunteers from the community who support youth activity, and Jim McNeil says today was all about the kids.

"You just enjoy helping the kids. When you see a kid win or see them do good or see them when they get their ribbon. The look in their eyes when they know that they've accomplished something, that's what's fun about it," McNeil said.