From Enterprise Staff
Adam and Jessica Graham, with the Onalaska FFA, presented a program about the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show (TNLS) and Rodeo to the Livingston Rotary Club recently. Celebrating its 76th year, the annual event will begin on March 28 and go through April 1.
The Grahams said there are right at 200 livestock exhibitors entered in the 2022 show. These include 23 steers, 35 heifers, 37 swine, 33 goats, 28 rabbits, 24 lambs and 19 broilers.
Showing livestock is just one of the many opportunities at the TNLS which is proud to support a variety of shows, including: breeding beef cattle, market steers, commercial heifers, breeding meat goats, meat goats, market lambs, broilers, production poultry, breeding rabbits, meat pen rabbits, breeding swine, market swine and horses.
TNLS also holds a youth show that allows children to show off their creative side and not just exhibit livestock. This event is separated into six divisions, including: arts, crafts, photography, horticulture, floral design and baking.
The rodeo is always an exciting night during TNLS. Local FFA and 4-H members can participate in the following team and/or individual events: steer saddling, straight away barrels, chute dogging, cloverleaf barrels, rescue race, breakaway roping, pole bending, goat ribbon pulling, steer riding and the TNLS queen contest. A goat scramble is also available and open to the public for youth ages 12 and under.
TNLS also holds an agricultural mechanics project show, whereby projects are judged on workmanship, design and materials, practicality and general appearance and finish. The ag mechanics show is divided into five divisions: ag machinery, livestock equipment, trailers, wildlife and recreation and home use.
The barbecue cookoff is another opportunity at TNLS. Judging is based on taste, appearance and tenderness/texture. The three categories are beef brisket, ribs and cook’s choice.