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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The show must go on, and that’s exactly what the Childress County Livestock Show will do despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are lucky to have a large, adequate facility that allows us to have a safe show and some semblance of normal in the turmoil that the pandemic has caused,” said Lori Rabe, who is secretary of the Childress County Livestock Show committee. “COVID has been stressful for all of us.”
While they were not able to have their annual Gateway showdown jackpot swine show fundraiser, COVID-19 will not stop this year’s show. It is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Mashburn Event Center, located at 1100 7th St. NW.
Rabe said the rabbits and chickens will start the show at 6 p.m. on Friday, and all other animals – goats, heifers, lambs, penned cattle, steer and swine – will follow at 9 a.m. on Saturday. While there is no charge for admission, face masks are required.
“We are fortunate to have a facility that allows for social distancing,” Rabe said. “We just ask that you observe our mask and social distance guidelines to keep our community safe.”
There will be a concession stand on Friday and Saturday. Rabe said they will have pulled pork sandwiches, drinks and snacks.
Registration and buyer refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the premium sale is set for 6 p.m. At the conclusion of the sale, Rabe said there will be a drawing for raffle prizes.
In addition to Rabe, the Childress County Livestock Show committee members are President Matt Stone, Vice President Justin Cabler, Treasurer Larissa Detwiler, Justin Pierce, Ronnie Jenkins, Robbie Jones, Victoria Parker, Ryan Martin and Jonathan Wise.
“We hope the community will come out and support the kids that have taken a chance, purchased and raised a project for our show,” Rabe said. “We are proud of the exhibitors and their commitment to their projects.”
The 4-H and FFA students participating are Maddi Bryant, Cutter Bruce, Quay Bruce, Sterling Bruce, Addison Cabler, Colee Cox, Kenzlee Carroll, Emily Dominguez, Isaiah Dunn, Zachary Etheredge, Tatum Farris, Broden Henry, Cooper Herbstritt, Ethan Herbstritt, Landry Hunter, Drew Jenkins, Kade Jenkins, Auzlyn Jones, Clarissa Lepe, Cade Martin, Carlee Martin, Colton Martin, Abrielle Nelson, Shawn Parks, Cole Pierce, Katy Pierce, Natalie Pierce, Drake Rabe, Max Rabe, Savannah Rabe, Camden Read, Faith Seitz, Bryson Session, Selah Smith, Addison Solis, Brinley Stone, Harper Stone, Jett Teague, Kodi Teague, Chloe Teichelman, Jaydan Willis, Mark Willis, Taylor Wiseman and Shadin Zuber.