BELTON, TX - The Bell County Youth Fair Livestock Show and the PRCA Rodeo are partnering up this weekend not only to entertain, but to raise money for Bell County youth.
"The better looking the animal the more higher up the ranking will be," said Miguel Salazar-Canales, 18, Belton.
While some teens get attached to their livestock, others are ready to part ways with theirs.Each year, dozens of youth judge and auction off their pigs, goats, cattle, birds and rabbits.
"(2/10) Tomorrow is sell day, so all the calves, and goats and pigs and everything else that made sale, they'll go up and get auctioned off," said Raley Downing, 16, Troy.
Keeping a family tradition alive, all while hoping to get as much money as possible.
"The money for the auction helps you pay for next year's animals," said Emily O'Braden, 17, Belton.
That money goes toward buying more animals, or pay for their education.
"I invested a lot because it was my senior year and the goal is just to make it back and maybe make a little profit to go toward my college education," said O'Braden.
In fact, last year the Bell County Youth Fair awarded over $25,000 in scholarships.
"We give at least 10 scholarships every year to youth in Bell County so it ranges from a thousand dollar scholarship up to $10 thousand," said Sheryl Long, Bell County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.
The PRCA Rodeo also helps out. All the net proceeds from it go to the Youth Fair Board for the kids of Bell County.
"They have rough stock events, barrel racing, team roping, it's a very exciting night," said Long.
The Rodeo runs February 9-10 from 7:30pm to 10pm. Tickets range from $12 to $18.
Click HERE to learn more about the PRCA Rodeo.
Click HERE to learn more about the Youth Fair and scholarships.
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