75th Annual Hays Youth Livestock Show

by David White

Inset is Caroline Olson, an officer in the Dripping Springs FFA and an HCYLS scholarship recipient. For livestock show results, visit hayscountylivestockshow.org.
Photos Courtesy of Dale Whitaker, DSISD

With COVID protocols in place, the 75th annual Hays County Youth Livestock show went on as scheduled from Jan. 23 through this past Saturday.

Livestock Board President Jeff Dodd said attendance was down slightly this year, but still had a strong turnout with 500 exhibitors and 1,100 entries. Dodd praised the Dripping Springs city officials and everyone from Dripping Springs Ranch Park for their help with the show and ensuring everybody’s safety. “They were all willing to work with us in these unprecedented times … it was an amazing level of support. I was pleasantly surprised.” Dodd said he and many other participants were also surprised to find out that this was the 75th annual show for the organization. Dodd wanted to thank and credit Dripping Springs student, 4H member and Queen emeritus Grace Basicek who, out of her own curiosity, went through 75 years worth of newspapers in the San Marcos library to find out more about the history of the livestock show. “She is a bright and hardworking young lady,” Dodd said. “She represents the stock show well.”

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