For Calf Scramble winners, $500 in sponsor prize money is on the line.
The Calf Scramble – 16 boys and girls trying to catch, halter and coax one of eight calves into a square in the arena – is always a crowd pleaser at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. But for the youngsters it is serious business.
For the winners, $500 in sponsor prize money and the chance to win a college scholarship is on the line.
State Rep. Charlie Geren, who chaired the Calf Scramble with Marty Richter for most of the event’s history, said the event “is a lot of fun. It is a great event. The spectators love it.”
The young participants, chosen by the teachers in their school’s 4H and Future Farmers of America program, learn to take responsibility for raising the calf they buy with their prize money and raise it to be entered in one of the auctions at the Stock Show’s Junior Beef Heifer or Junior Dairy Cattle shows.
In February, the event’s scholarship committee meets and evaluates the eight winners, who write monthly reports and a final essay on the progress they are making raising the calf. “They send photos and ribbons they have won,” Geren said.
The scholarships awarded by the committee range from $500 to $12,000.
Last year, 74 students received scholarships totaling $227,000. A total of $1,863,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 1,217 students.
“We send a lot of kids to college,” Geren said.
Even the youngsters who do not capture a calf walk away a winner. Justin Boots, one of the event sponsors, hands each participant a pair of new boots.
Geren, who turned the event chairmanship last year over to younger members, is pleased that many of the young Calf Scramble participants from the last 40 years return to the event as teachers or as parents.
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