"We have approximately 500 students across all nine high schools that raise animals and enter them for the livestock show," Katy ISD Ag Activities and Events Specialist Guy James said.
The district adapted the show amid the pandemic and postponed it a week because of the winter storm while the rodeo component had to be cancelled altogether.
"With COVID, it was a huge risk,” said James.
The arena will only be about half full during the event which runs through Saturday with shows, a barn sale and live auction.
"There’s one winner of each species of all six species," said James. "The rabbits, the broilers, the goats, the lambs, the steers and the pigs.”
Winning is “on the mind” of Georgia the pig’s owner.
"Everyone’s shooting for the same things," said Katy High School junior Kailey Kulhanek. "That grand or reserve champion...But only two people, unfortunately, do get it.”
Kulhanek, who’s won several FFA awards, said raising and showing animals means more than you might think.
"There’s many, many things that you do get out of it," said Kulhanek. "Like money management, connections with the community, responsibility, strong, strong work ethic.”
The competition could mean money for college funds or even new cars.
And it’s not just chicken feed.
"If you’re champion steer, you may earn $20,000,” said James.
In person attendance is limited.
But the entire event is being streamed online.
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