After many long weeks of deliberations and jumping through hoops for the Junior Livestock Auction to be approved, then denied, Colusa County did not back down.
Over 40 volunteers from all over the county brought in to play a new founded event, The Carter Hartill Memorial Jackpot show.
“In less than 24 hours, we had a fully equipped livestock show for the kids,” said event holder Jamie Traynham. “At 9 PM Saturday night, we decided to try and start the event Sunday morning. I started calling to make arrangements and by 9 AM Sunday morning we started setting up. By 3 PM Sunday afternoon, we had all the facilities ready for the show.”
The ultimate goal was to provide a way for the county youth to exhibit their livestock projects, in a live arena, with an in person judge, and the outcome was a huge success. Jackpot events differ significantly from a fair show. Exhibitors showed from their trailers rather than the luxury of pens and stalls. Each species offered their own age-appointed showmanship class and then market class by weight. Market classes were arranged into three categories: lightweight, medium weight, and heavy weight. Much like a county fair, each species also has a selected Supreme and Reserve Supreme animal, in addition to weight class divisions.
“For many of the kids, this was something new and exciting,” said Kristi Hill. “Having a local jackpot show for the kids to show off their hard work from the past months, was an honor to be a part of.”
The hog show started off the three day event, with a total of 63 hogs. Steers made their way to the show arena with a total of 32. Goats and lambs wrapped up the event, June 10, with a total of 28 goats and 70 sheep.
“This is the first time I have ever shown outside of the fair,” said Jovanna Hernandez. “It may have been extremely hot, but the jackpot was fun, educational, and ran very smoothly.”
The event is expected to carry on every year for the youth of Colusa County, possibly in May to give livestock exhibitors the chance to practice before the Colusa County Fair in June.
“I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of this event,” said Cameron Rocha, who judged the goat and sheep species. “It was amazing to see a community come together and make it happen for the kids.” ■