The Bexar County Junior Livestock Show and Auction (BCJLS) BCJLS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports youth in agriculture. The BCJLS provides an opportunity for FFA and 4-H students in Bexar County to learn about production agriculture. The students in these programs raise and care for their animals for 4-10 months throughout the year. Both of these outstanding programs teach students great life skills. Students learn about responsibility, money management, and a strong American work ethic. Over 90% of these students attend college after high school graduation. The Bexar County Junior Livestock Show, Inc., was established in 1963 for the purpose of providing all of the 4-H and FFA youth of San Antonio-Bexar County, Texas, an opportunity to show their livestock projects in a competitive arena. Initially, the Show paid premium dollars to the “champions”. Later, the Board of Directors incorporated the “Auction of Champions” to provide additional financial incentives for their investment of time, talents, and finances. Over the years, thousands of young men and women have passed their animals across the Bexar County Auction Block to realize the beginnings of a career in Agriculture, or to acquire part of the finances required for their education. Each exhibitor, that places their animal in the show, is allowed to sell that animal in the auction. Each year an average of 400 students have sold their animals in the auction. In 2000, the Board of Directors changed the show to a Premium auction, which allows the students to take their animals to other stock shows. The monies donated through the auction go to the students and are tax deductible. This organization is a success because of the continued commitment of the many business leaders, school districts staff, parents, and students who believe in this program. Many business leaders recognize the life long values that FFA and 4-H teach our students. The Board of Directors continues to plot the course set by its founders “to provide our youth every opportunity to grow and succeed in this fast-paced, competitive world”. Our youth of today will serve as our leaders tomorrow.
The Bexar County Jr. Livestock Show continues to promote and inspire responsibility, leadership, sportsmanship and education by providing a venue for youth to exhibit their agriculture projects. We are dedicated to cultivating the youth of Bexar County into leaders for future generations.