Time to barbecue: RGV Livestock Show results in ‘smoking’ battle

MERCEDES — Students from more than 20 schools squared off in the agriculture shop competition at the livestock show.

“Students continually surprise me with the increased level of quality,” said Dan Froneberger, judge and retired ag teacher. “Kids keep getting more complex with their designs.”

Froneberger said he has judged more than 20 shows from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and the competition is pushing students to come up with bigger and better designs in order to win.

This year’s competition consisted of more than 480 entries in 21 divisions, including home and yard, farm and ranch, livestock equipment and shop equipment, to name just a few.

Each category had five winners.

The grand champions were Matthew Salce and Mario Bocanegra of Santa Rosa for the design of an entertainment center.

One particular team of students showed off their custom steel 18-foot trailer, fit for a dragster car.

The trio from Edcouch-Elsa had an equal role in the project they took on at the request of their teacher to build and design a trailer for the dragster car.

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