Every year, the Travis County Youth Show (TCYS) hosts its annual county show for livestock animals, which is combined with a youth fair and rodeo. TCYS is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to develop the character of youth through competitive livestock and youth fair projects. These activities help to teach the youth significant life skills, including personal responsibility, financial and time management, fair play, good sportsmanship, hard work and integrity.
In order to participate in the TCYS, the youth need to either be a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA), a student-led leadership organization for students of agricultural education, or 4-H, one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations.
As a part of the youth show, children from the age of nine to 18 are responsible for raising animals, including steers, rabbits, hogs, lambs, goats, chickens and turkeys, for a period of three to 10 months, depending on the animals. The youth will then show and auction their animals and all proceeds go straight to that exhibitor. Most exhibitors use it for projects for the following year or many use it for college tuition. The youth are able to keep their animals so the money received at auction is for a job well done.
Visitors at the show are able to see the youth show off their animals and reveal all of their hard work for the year. And the rodeos are always a good time with food and drinks, as well as an entertaining show.
Last year, TCYS raised over $400,000 in the auction, with all proceeds going to the TCYS Scholarship Fund and Travis County youth.
The rodeo takes place on Friday and Saturday night of the TCYS event, which is part of the Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA).
Travis County Exposition Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724
WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Sunday, January 19, 2014
TCYS is an all-day event. Rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m.
TICKETS: There is no charge for the Travis County Youth Show.
Rodeo event tickets range from $10 – $20.