FORT WORTH, Texas (March 3, 2017) – The Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate’s Executive Committee has once again approved an allocation of funds to support this weekend’s Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show.
This commitment comes following the Syndicate’s work in providing contributions of more than $3.2 million at the Fort Worth Stock Show last month.
The 2017 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center’s Swine Barn. The show has been held annually since 1950.
“This is always an important commitment for our organization to make,” FWSSS Chairman Doug Cassidy said. “Supporting our local youth as they continue to maintain Tarrant County’s proud tradition in the agricultural industry is at the heart of our mission.”
Since its founding in 1980, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has raised more than $52.7 million for youth exhibitors and has helped more than 8,000 children pursue their agricultural goals.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 1, 2017) – With the Sale of Champions at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo just days away, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate is looking forward to another banner year in 2017.
Last year’s sale raised in excess of $3.4 million for youth exhibitors, which marked the third straight year that the group topped the $3 million plateau. The Syndicate’s leadership has its sights set high once again this year, but as always, the organization doesn’t focus on a number, but rather on the kids.
“We never put a dollar figure out there when we talk goals,” Chairman Blair Norman said. “Since the Syndicate was founded, the goal has simply been to impact kids’ lives. Our members have always done a tremendous job focusing on that mission, which is why we’ve enjoyed a sustained level of success.”
Since its inception in 1980, the Syndicate has purchased more than 850 animals at a total price topping $49 million. In the last 16 years, the group has raised $35.7 million, with more than $10.4 million coming since 2014. Every dollar goes to the youth who raised the award-winning animals.
“It’s just remarkable the impact that the Syndicate has made in our community since 1980,” Norman said. “Our sponsors and donors believe that hard work needs to be rewarded, and every year they prove it with their generosity and dedication to the cause. We’re extremely grateful for our sponsor and donor base.”
In addition to the sale prices, the FWSSS, which has helped more than 8,000 children pursue their educational and agricultural goals over the past three-plus decades, will award 24 $10,000 scholarships as part of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund.
“We are living up to our mission of funding dreams, and at the same time, protecting the traditions and heritage of this state,” the second-year chairman said. “The young men and women who exhibit are the future of the agricultural industry, and we are so proud to be associated with them. They are such an integral part of the fabric of Fort Worth, the state of Texas and the nation as a whole.”
The culmination of a year’s worth of hard work from the Syndicate’s 100-plus members will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. in the West Arena.
The excitement for the annual Sale of Champions will begin Friday afternoon when the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion are selected inside Watt Arena. The anticipation continues Saturday morning when the Syndicate hosts an early-morning breakfast for its sponsors at Casa Manana prior to the start of the auction.
“It’s always a thrilling experience for everyone involved,” Norman said. “There’s truly nothing like it, and we are all so proud to be a part of the tradition.”
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 8, 2016) – For the third straight year, the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Junior Sale of Champions raised more than $3.3 million for youth exhibitors, as the final numbers show that the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate had its second-biggest day ever on Saturday.
The 2016 sale, which featured nearly 300 steers, goats and lambs, raised in excess of $3.4 million for youth exhibitors Saturday morning at West Arena. In the 36-year history of the organization, that amount is topped only by last year’s $3.7 million total.
“It was an unbelievable day from start to finish,” Syndicate chairman Blair Norman said. “On behalf of our dedicated, hard-working members, we would like to give a huge thank you to all of the sponsors and buyers for their incredible support of these kids.”
Since its inception in 1980, the Syndicate has now purchased more than 850 animals at a total price topping $49 million. In the last 16 years alone, the group has raised $35.7 million, including more than $10.4 million since 2014.
The Grand Champion Steer of the Show, a 1,362-pound European crossbred named Big Boy, sold for $210,000 to Hillwood Properties. The steer was shown by 14-year-old Jagger Horn of Anson, Texas.
In addition, the FWSSS will once again award twenty $10,000 scholarships on behalf of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund.
“Our theme this year was ‘Protecting Traditions and Funding Dreams,’” Norman said. “We certainly accomplished those goals this year, and are already looking forward to next year.”
Held on the final day of the Fort Worth Stock Show each year, the 2017 Junior Sale of Champions will take place next Feb. 4.