There are many entries for the Nueces Co. Junior Livestock Show Homemaking Competition at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. With numerous categories such as arts and crafts, baking, canning, jewelry, and various sewing subcategories, the judges had a lot to go through before picking any winners. Each category was also divided by age groups that were competing such as Senior, Junior, and Intermediate.
Several of the participants had entries in various events. Rebecca Green, a junior at Tuloso-Midway had a total of 50 separate items in arts and crafts, photography, food and creative stitchery. She said, “I like seeing what other people do for competition. I'm a bit nervous but mostly excited and I think my best chance is in creative stitchery.” She looks forward to getting the jump on next year and already has some ideas for what she wants to do.
Brianna Villarreal had a box full of her handiwork and said, “I feel confident and excited but nervous at the same time.” Among her entries were canned corn relish, photographs, and even a clock that she had made from the disk brake rotor from a car. The Calallen freshman is also showing market and breeding lambs.
Aside from having these projects, Green and Villarreal were among the 22 young ladies that competed in Saturday's NCJLS Queen Contest.
Students compete from many of the more rural areas of Nueces County but there are also students that live within the city.
Elizabeth L. Schmidt is a homeschooled seventh grader who had necklaces, photographs, baked goods, quilts and pillows. She said, “My favorite part of the fair is showmanship and showing my breeder rabbits. I live in the city and can't have other animals but I wouldn't want to show anything else. I love them so much.”
Thomas McGrady on the other hand would like to move up from chickens and rabbits but doesn't have the space to do so in Port Aransas, Texas. The sixth grade student at Brundrett Middle School said, “I think my projects will do pretty good, I had fun making them.” His entries are in photography, jewelry, and woodworking among others.
“It's hard to tell but the many of the projects are done by kids and teens,” according to one of the fair volunteers. While the baked goods and other food items may already be gone, anyone who wishes can come and see the rest of the impressive works that were submitted by simply going to the Convention Center at the fairgrounds.