For the past

18 years the Orange County Livestock Show Association has been providing an

outlet for Orange County youth to sell the animals they have raised for agricultural

projects in either school or 4-H Chapters. The 19th annual show and sale is to

be held on Oct. 14 and 15, 2011 at the Pavilion on

the Mauriceville Fairgrounds.

The Rabbit

and Chicken Shows and judging will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The

Swine Show and judging will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, followed by

the Goat Show and judging.

The Art

Contest for area school students will judged at 10 a.m. Saturday. The contest

will be judged by personnel from the Stark Art Museum.

A  barbecue

contest sponsored by the Orange County Go Texan Committee begins Friday night

with the judging to be held at noon on Saturday. Area barbecue teams are

invited to enter and compete for the title and contents of a kitty. For information

on entering the contest contact Guy Groves, Go Texan Committee Chairman at

409-769-4488. This event will contribute

to scholarships for Orange County 2012 high school seniors.

The Go Texan

Committee will also be conducting horse show throwing and washer tossing


There will

be vendor booths and an assortment of agricultural awareness exhibits. Expected

to exhibit are Texas Parks and Wildlife with an alligator exhibit and

demonstration; Stephen F. Austin University Animal Science Display; the Little

Cypress-Mauriceville FFA Chapter, displaying Future Farmers of America

information; and the National Resource Conversation Service with a soil erosion


The focus of

the OCLSA is to give area youth a showcase for their animals and an auction to

sell the animals and raise money for either their next animal project of their

college fund. Members of the OCLSA are individuals who may have been agricultural

students themselves, had children in an agricultural program or may still have

children in a program, or simply interested in and supportive of area agricultural

students. The common denominator is that they want to help the students.

A long range

goal is to build an old fashioned county fair in Orange County in conjunction

with the livestock show and sale. The OCLSA would like to bring in contests in

baking, canning, flower arranging, best vegetable from garden and any other

home craft or agricultural home projects.

“This is our

19th year to hold the show and sale. We have a great base of

sponsors, but what we really need are buyers for the kids’ animals. They put in

a lot of time and money raising their animal and we would like to see them get

a good price at the auction. This year at 5:00 p.m. we will be treating our

buyers to a first class barbecue dinner. The food will be furnished by the Go

Texan barbecue teams and the OCLSA. We will end the dinner at 6:30 and then

start the auction at 7 p.m.” said OCLSA president Sabrina Gray. “The auction

is a great place for someone to buy some meat for their freezer. If they want

to buy the animal and donate it back to the student, that is okay also. We are a

chartered 501 C (3) organization.”

Stock Show

sponsors are: Orange Rotary Club, Total Chemicals, Samson, Orange Savings Bank,

Nance Meat Market, Prescribed Home Health Care, Heather Montagne Insurance

Agency, Pass Assured, and Widgeon Construction Inc.


concession stand sponsor is the Sabine Federal Credit Union

The auctioneer

sponsor is Granger Chevrolet.


sponsors are: Vinton Feed, Firestone Community Federal Credit Union, Battery

Warehouse, Rockin’ O Ranch, Tri-Plex Industrial Safety Service, Reliable Dry

Cleaners, Katherine Frey, Like New Automotive, Tommy Gunn Attorney at Law,

Heather Montagne Insurance Agency, Widgeon Construction Inc.

The Mauriceville

Fairgrounds are located at Cohenour Road and Hwy 62 N, just south of Mauriceville.