Longview — While much of the city’s annual Harvest Festival and Livestock Show will focus on the animals at the rodeo arena, for hundreds of East Texas students competing in the home economic and ag mechanic divisions, this weekend will be the culmination of months of work.
“We do it simply because it develops their life skills. It helps them build their character and it develops their leadership,” said Dee Lee Smith, a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension agent who supervised the home economics division which set up shop Thursday at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
More than 125 students, ages 8 to 19, submitted more than 350 entries into different categories of the home economics division including baked goods, posters, photography and pumpkin decorating, she said.
Meanwhile across a partition, nearly 40 entries in the ag mechanics division showcased workmanship in six different divisions — livestock equipment and agricultural machinery, yard conveniences in wood and metal, household projects, wildlife in wood or metal and an open division.
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