For 42 years, the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale has been a Northside ISD tradition that has quietly raised nearly $13 million in college scholarships for students. This year’s event will again draw hundreds of students and livestock bidders. It will also be dedicated to long-time show supporters Harold (Butch) and Cindy Galm.
The Livestock Show and Sale is scheduled January 26 through January 31 at the Gerlach Show Barn, located at 18945 Babcock Road (about 3 miles outside of Loop 1604). The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.
According to Steve Chumbley, O’Connor High School teacher and NISD Agriculture Program Director, the Galms have been very involved with the stock show for more than 20 years and “they have served with distinction and integrity.” Both of them have had multiple leadership roles in the organization over the years and helped grow the show and sale into the huge success it is today.
Even though their daughter graduated several years ago, the Galms “continue to serve the young people and the community,” Chumbley adds.
After months of preparation, hundreds of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4H students hope their hard work with their animals will pay off, literally. Animals sold in the Gerlach Show’s auction earn money for their owners to help pay for college. In fact, last year’s Grand Champion Steer brought in $15,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for $7,150.
In addition to the judging in the main area, there’s always a flurry of activity in the pens as students prepare their animals for their turn in the show arena. Hundreds of parents, family members, and fellow competitors are also on hand to watch the judging and support the event.
Students whose animals “place” in the show, can sell them in the auction on Saturday morning. Last year’s sale and auction raised more than $700,000 for students and scholarships.
Highlights of the Show and Sale:
· Monday – 10 a.m. Poultry Judging, 4 p.m. Rabbit Judging
· Tuesday – 8 a.m. Goat Judging, 11 a.m. Lamb Judging (or 30 minutes after Goat Judging ends)
· Wednesday – 5 p.m. Steer Judging
· Thursday – 8 a.m. Swine Judging
· Saturday – 11 a.m.- Auction and Sale (Opening ceremonies at 10:30am)
From the Board of Directors of the 42nd Annual Gerlach Stock Show
On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great pride that we dedicate our 42nd Anniversary show to Harold( “Butch”) and Cindy Galm. Butch and Cindy exemplify the true spirit of “Living to Serve”; which is the foundation of the 4-H and FFA programs in our community. They have been involved with our stock show for over 20 years. Throughout these years they have served with distinction and integrity.
Over the past two decades, Butch has served the WGLS in various capacities, including; President, Vice President, former Livestock Chairman, Scholarship Chairman, and Auction Chairman. Cindy started her tenure with the show as a parent leader in the 4-H club. She has been a long time member of the Auction committee, a former co-chair of the Hospitality committee, co-chair of the Benefit Auction, and has served on numerous livestock committees with our show.
Although Butch and Cindy’s daughter Kari, graduated several years ago, this couple continues to serve the young people in our community. They both have been very generous to our kids in the Auction and they continue to share their time, leadership, and work ethic to our organization. Their dedication to the WGLS and the students we serve, is a true example of their high character and their unwavering belief in community service. It is indeed an honor for the WGLS Board of Directors to bestow this year’s dedication to such worthy volunteers.