Agriculture vital to region's strength, prosperity
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 22, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2018 at 6 a.m.
When sitting down for breakfast, lunch or dinner, think for a few moments about the journey the food traveled from the land to the table.
That is agriculture - the science, the art and the occupation of cultivating land, raising crops and feeding, breeding and raising livestock.
For Victoria County residents, agriculture is a family tradition, a way of life, passed from one generation to the next.
For 72 years, the Victoria Livestock Show has celebrated that tradition built by generations of hard-working people who provide food on our tables and who strive to maintain the land.
The heart of the show runs from March 1-5 and is expected to attract thousands to the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. The annual carnival, featuring lots of exhilarating rides and plenty of carnival food and games, kicked off the festivities on Thursday and will continue through March 4.
From the 4-H exhibits on display to judging raised livestock, each event is testimony to the unwavering work ethic of the young adults in our community.
The show builds character and forges a solid work ethic in our next generation, said Robin Janecka, marketing chairwoman for the show.
The Victoria Livestock Show teaches young individuals to be responsible, dedicated and confident in whatever endeavors they choose in life.
The event has always been a family affair, and it has always earned the respect from not just Victoria County residents, but from all communities throughout the Crossroads.
The Victoria Jaycees originally founded the Victoria Livestock Show in 1947. The event is now organized by Victoria Livestock Show Inc.
The show allows the public to support youth scholarships through the $4 admission fee, which is a small price considering how the money is being invested in young people through scholarships.
Saturday morning, the Victoria Livestock Show parade will entertain spectators along North Street, and the barbecue cook-off will whet their appetites.
But the most significant day of this multifaceted event is the livestock auction March 5. Community buyers will have the opportunity to purchase quality livestock and at the same time help contribute to the college funds of dozens of students.
As in years past, the Victoria Livestock Show will have something for everyone - whether it's a wiener dog race, a beer garden, dancing, live entertainment, games, carnival rides, karaoke, barbecue, a petting zoo or arts and crafts.
And behind the cascade of activities will be a small army of volunteers who deserve our deepest appreciation.
We encourage all residents to participate in this communitywide celebration.
This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.