46th annual Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale raises money for scholarships!

Three photos of students with goats and pics at the Gerlach Livestock Show
January 17, 2019

For 46 years, the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show and Sale has been a Northside ISD tradition that has quietly raised over $17 million in college scholarships for students. This year’s event will again draw hundreds of students and livestock bidders with more than 800 entries.

The Livestock Show and Sale is scheduled Jan. 21 – Jan. 26 at the Gerlach Show Barn, located at 18945 Babcock Road (about three miles outside of Loop 1604). The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

After months of preparation, hundreds of 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; many will use it to help pay for college. But first, it all comes down to a few moments in the spotlight and one chance to impress the judge. 

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 a record amount, more than $1 million 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- 8 a.m. Ag Mechanics Judging, 4 p.m. Steer Judging 
  • Thursday- 8 a.m. Swine Judging
  • Saturday- 11 a.m.- Auction and Sale (Opening ceremonies at 10:30am)

The Walter Gerlach Livestock Show Board of Directors has dedicated this year’s show to NISD Superintendent, Dr. Brian Woods.