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Trinity-Neches kicks off March 6


Enterprise staff

LIVINGSTON -- It is rodeo time in Livingston, with a full week of events and shows kicking off early on Monday, March 6 and continuing until noon on Saturday. Activities for the 72nd annual Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo will begin Monday at 8 a.m. with move in and setup. The popular event is expected to host hundreds of exhibitors showing animals, cooking teams, arts and crafts, contests and an abundance of student projects. The 2017 edition will come earlier in the year than most shows have been traditionally to coincide with schedules in Houston. "This year, we had to change to follow the Houston Livestock Show," TNLS Vice President Kurt Wilson said. "The Houston Livestock Show had to move further in the year because of the Super Bowl. We're having to start a little bit earlier to work around that. Usually, it worked out to where we had spring break for the schools and then our shows. This particular year is going to be our show and then spring break. If the good weather holds on, we will be in good shape, because it sure has been nice." Some non-traditional events will be sprinkled throughout the week. There will be a washer tournament on Monday, while Wednesday has a scheduled barbecue contest, food and cupcake judging and arts and crafts judging. "Both washers and barbecue have been popular," Wilson said. "The cook-off is between the schools and the kids, but the washer tournament is open to the general public and anyone can enter that. The washer tournament when we held it the first year brought out some additional people outside of the community." A scramble will be Thursday as well as arts and crafts viewing, and a sweetheart contest. The Go- Texan Buyers' Dinner in the large arena is Friday. One additional feature could have agriculture teachers and county agents a little more nervous this year. "Our show is pretty much going to be the same period," Wilson said. "But, throughout the week, we are going to have buckets set out and all of the ag teachers and county agents will have their name on it. Whoever gets the most money is going to have to ride a bull Thursday during the rodeo." The take down of the sale arena and fairgrounds clean up will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday


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