Tuesday, February 27, 1951
HOUSTON, TEXAS --- The first few days of the big Fat Stock Show here belong to the kids. That’s when the Future Farmers and 4-H Clubbers bring in their steers and dairy cows, fat lambs, pigs and poultry to be judged for prizes and auctioned for cash.
Encouraging and educating the kids to raise high-quality livestock is one way the show’s sponsors figure they can make a contribution toward strengthening America for the worldwide battle against Communism. “We think meat is just as important as bullets,” James Sartelle, who organized the first show back in 1939, and is chairman of the board, was telling me.
It’s a whopping contribution these men make, too. At the auctions this year they put more than $350,000 into the jeans of the young exhibitors.
In spite of the coldest weather on record, hundreds of farmboys --- and a few girls --- brought their animals here from all parts of Texas and 10 other states. They drove on icy roads and bedded down to sleep right with their stock two or three nights -- and, man, it was freezing in those barns -- until the prizes were all handed out.
Only a few won grand championship ribbons, of course. But if the ribbons had been handed out to the kids instead of the animals, there just wouldn’t have been enough to go around. If I’m any judge, those kids were all champions.