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Newton County Classic Livestock Show to be held Saturday
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The Newton County Classic Livestock Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Newton High School. This is a yearly tradition that has a strong history in Newton County. Many years ago Newton High School did not have the facilities that it has today. A group of influential people in the county got together and decided that it would be beneficial to have facilities available at the high school for students to raise and show livestock. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but they were able to accomplish that task and today our FFA and 4-H students are still reaping the benefits of their efforts. In the show ring at Newton High School is a display board that lists all of the contributors that helped to make that barn a reality. Many of the people listed are still involved with the show and a great number of them still show their support by sponsoring the show and coming out to see our livestock exhibited each year. Judging our show this year will be Christa Steincamp, a member of the Galloway family of Newton County. Steincamp has roots that run deep in Newton County. She graduated from Newton High School and was an agriculture student under Scott Carey at the time.  Her family still lives in the county and is active in the agriculture industry. She now serves as our north region area livestock teacher, and we are glad to have her back home to be a part of our show this year. We currently have 17 students showing beef cattle, ranging from fifth grade through 12th grade. We also have 14 students showing swine this year, and they range from third grade through 12th grade. These are students at schools all over the county, and are members of either the FFA or 4-H, but they all come together on this one day to show off their hard work and to prepare for the next week’s State Livestock Show in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. As their mission statement points out, The Georgia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program provides opportunities to develop life skills and enhance knowledge in an ethical manner. We are proud to showcase the accomplishments of our students this year. We would love for the community to come out to Newton High School on Saturday to see the livestock that these students have worked so hard with this year. The show will start at 10 a.m. beginning with the swine show. We will then move on to heifers, and we will finish up the day with steers. At the end of the show we will have a special tradition that we call the “Ole Timer’s Show.” This part of the show will be for former students, families, and friends to get a chance to show us their skills and get back into the show ring to compete once again just like they did in the “good ole days.”