2018-04-11 / Letters

Reader enjoys livestock show

MARICELA G. SUAREZ, a calf, and Vivian Cantu at the San Antonio and Livestock Show. MARICELA G. SUAREZ, a calf, and Vivian Cantu at the San Antonio and Livestock Show. Editor,

I had never considered writing anything about a livestock show and rodeo-related activities. However, what an incredible surprise I had this past February (a free-admission day for senior citizens) at the San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Show, which I attended to celebrate my 71st birthday.

Firstly, I visited the huge building which housed the pigs, cattle and petting zoo. The students demonstrated so much responsibility in caring for the animals, which were to be in competition. Many adults accompanied the students. In my opinion, it’s a big sacrifice to commit to such an endeavor. I can only imagine the fatigue of those persons as they slept on flimsy and reclining chairs. What an outstanding devotion from the adults to their youth and their animals.

Secondly, I strolled through the section of undomesticated animals. I mostly remember the sloth. He seemed not to have a care in the world. He laid very slowly in a tub, covered himself with his blanket and took a nap. Also, I learned that 100,000 persons die yearly of snake bites in the world.

Thirdly, I still admire and appreciate all the vendors who were there, displaying and selling numerous arts and crafts. There was another area that explained the plants; some of them were for sale.

Finally, may I recommend that one attend and support future livestock shows and rodeos, regardless of their size or notoriety. Activities like the preceding teach our youth camaraderie, independence and responsibility.


Maricela G. Suarez

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