Over thirty years ago, two weeks before the Youth Show, Jimmy Rheinlaender and C.A. "Tex" Ritter got together and decided to form a group to help supervise the sale of the market animals. Tex became the first chairman and Helen Steubing, the first treasurer. Also helping were Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisors, Leroy Goodson and James Stolte; FFA teacher, Tommy Zipp; and County Extension Agent, Bill Schumann. This group became known as the Livestock Auction Committee.
This committee conceived and initiated a unique method of redistributing the proceeds from the sale, so each exhibitor receives an amount based on the quality of their animal, not the amount bid at the sale. This method, know as the "Point System", is still used today.
At the first sale, 57 exhibitors sold 92 animals. Thanks to the Livestock Auction Committee, the 2011 show had 572 exhibitors with 1027 entries of breeding and market animals, rabbits and poultry, and Ag Mechanics. The name changed to the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association. The exhibitors are members of Comal County 4-H Clubs, and FFA Chapters from Canyon, Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and Smithson Valley High Schools. Each exhibitor is allowed to sell one market animal through the auction sale, provided the animal is of show quality.
These young people have invested a great deal of time and money in their projects. They appreciate the opportunity to show their animals, to compete for ribbons and trophies, to sell their animals, and to hopefully realize a profit from their efforts. The business and professional firms from the surrounding area, together with a number of concerned individuals, have generously supported this event in the past. The Association greatly appreciates your support. We invite you to come and celebrate with the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association, and we earnestly solicit your continued financial support of these young citizens of our communities.