MERCEDES, RGV – The three winners of the Public Speaking contest at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show have been announced. 

They are:

  • 2019 Grand Champion: Cooper Ford of Borderline 4-H. His topic was “Agriculture Business.”
  • 2019 Reserve Champion: Alexa Salinas of Veterans Memorial in Mission. Her topic was “Animal Science.”
  • 2019 Reserve Champion, Junior Division winner: Heather May of Lyford FFA (Future Farmers of America).
  • 2019 Reserve Champion, Junior Division winner: Cora Ford, Borderline 4-H. Her topic was: “Animal Science.”

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show was started in 1939. It is one of the largest events held south of San Antonio attracting over 200,000 people annually. More than 400 volunteers put on the Show each year. Approximately 3,000 exhibitors participate.

Its primary purpose is “the education of young people in Texas, particularly in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, in the care, grooming, management, showing and marketing of livestock, to cooperate with the various organizations otherwise training youth, to give youth an incentive to work harder in their training, to give them an outlet for the demonstration of the work they have done in the handling of livestock and in the growing of farm products and to maintain public affairs and exhibits in connection with such educational progams.”

The show has always had youth education in livestock activities as its primary focus. In recent years, the development of scholarship programs have provided deserving 4-H and FFA Exhibitors from all over Texas with scholarships. 

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show reflects the lifestyles and interests of residents of South Texas and Northern Mexico. It is a showplace for families to work together, learn together and have fun together. 

Attractions include nonstop entertainment, a huge parade, rodeos, a fun filled carnival, outstanding livestock exhibits, new and old farm machinery exhibits and over 250 commercial exhibits and food booths.

Main sources of revenue are gate and carnival receipts, rental fees for concessions and commercial exhibits and sponsorships. The Livestock Show is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, therefore donations receive the fullest possible tax benefits.