To the editor:
The lineup for the 91st annual Austin County Fair has been released and can be found at austincountyfair.com. There are so many exciting things to do at the fair and everybody has their favorite from rides at the carnival to eating funnel cakes to watching all the FFA/4H kids exhibit their animals in the show ring. Another crowd favorite at the Austin County Fair is the calf scramble. It takes a lot of determination, stamina and out right guts to run around the rodeo arena with the stands full of on lookers cheering you on but the rewards of catching a calf or helping one of the scramblers catch one are invaluable.
Each participant that is fortunate to catch a calf at the Austin County Fair earns a $1000 certificate toward the purchase of a heifer calf. The scrambler gets to meet the generous donors after the event if they can catch their breath long enough to say thank you after their rodeo performance. The scrambler gets the opportunity to halter break, feed and take the calf they’ve chosen to many shows including local, state and even national shows if they choose to. All this to prepare the heifer to return to the Austin County scramble Show and to compete against the calves of the other scramblers. This year’s scramble show will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11 following the haltered heifer show. So mark your calendars and come out and support the exhibitors! I know how important this is because I was one of last year’s scramblers and am looking forward to showing my Beefmaster heifer Spunky and would appreciate the support!
If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the scramble program, you can find all the guidelines on the ACFair website. Applications are to the fair office by Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. I would like to thank my calf scramble sponsors, Lisa Barrett, Scott Hauverland, Pat and Gary McCullough, for their generous donations and support of the calf scramble program. If you would like to see your dollars at work in our community, consider donating today to this worthwhile program. It has positively impacted my life and so many others that have had the privilege of being a part of the Austin County Scramble Program.