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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 • Posted January 5, 2011


Thanks for putting the photo of the 1939 Mason County Livestock Show in the newspaper last week.

You are right about your comments on adults in the photo. Most of the early livestock shows across the nation featured more adults than children and were called "open" shows where adults and youth competed side by side. I would guess that the Mason County show was no exception. Also, you will note there are no girls in the photo. There were very few girls at the shows. Fortunately, there has been an evolution of livestock shows, to where all now are very youth oriented and feature as many girls as boys.

It is also interesting to see the Hampshire hogs being unloaded from the trailer and the class of Rambouillet lambs being judged in the foreground.

I was particularly pleased to have Chuck and Karla Bearden share the photo. The R. Grosse & Sons business and family have been tremendous supporters of the Mason County Junior Livestock Show for many, many years. It is families and businesses such as this that make the show a success year after year.

With such a history over many years, it is good to know the 86th annual event will unfold this coming weekend and will showcase some of the best youth and livestock the state of Texas has to offer.


Gary Jennings

Mason County Livestock Show and Sale Committee

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