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Friday, February 11, 2000

GED Testing planned

GED Testing will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Feb. 29 and March 1.

Registration is scheduled from 1-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at 320 S. Oak, Suite 4.

For more information, call 445-5535.

FFA members from area to attend show

Six FFA members from Reeves County will be joining other FFA and 4-H members from all over Texas for intense competition in the show ring at the 2000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 18-March 5, at the Astrohall in Houston.

This year, FFA members from Reeves County including, Courtney Lynn Clark, John Marvin Clark, Shelly Martinez, Justin Owen, Amanda Stickels and Jack Stickels will be traveling to Houston for the annual event.

The junior show, which showcases the animal projects of these FFA and 4-H exhibitors, is held during the second week of livestock competition, beginning Feb. 24. Professional breeders and ranchers will compete for top prize money and global recognition in the livestock industry during the first week of the show, which kicks off Feb. 18.

Entries from both the open and junior shows, along with the horse show, combine to make the Houston Livestock Show the largest event of its kind in the world.

More than 14,000 entries, representing 1,014 Texas 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters, will compete in this year's junior show. A wide variety of animals will be shown in both the junior and open divisions of the livestock competition, including market steers, market barrows, market lambs, market poultry, beef and dairy heifers, breeding gilts, breeding sheep, goats, llamas, ostriches, commercial steers and breeding rabbits.

The four market animal categories (steer, lamb, barrow and poultry) represent animals raised by exhibitors for food sources. The finest animals in each of these categories are eligible for their individual market auctions, In 1999, the Houston Show's junior market auction sales totaled $5,399,375, including a record $550,000 for the Grand Champion Market Steer.

"We're always looking to improve our Show," said John Sykes, assistant general manager, Agricultural Exhibits and Competition Department. "We're proud of being the world's largest livestock show, but we also want to be the best. Due to the overwhelming interest, we have expanded the steer show to three days, March 1-3, and have increased market barrow premiums, which will award an additional $127,000 to exhibitors."

In addition to world-class livestock competition, the Show plays host to one of the premier horse shows in the country. The Houston Cutting Horse Contest kicks off 20 consecutive days of horse show competition beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15. The National Cutting Horse Association championship finals follow Feb. 17-20, as well as competition in seven different breeds of horses: Appaloosa, Arabian, Half Arabian, Miniature, Paint, Palomino and Quarter Horse, plus donkeys and mules.

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