The Navarro County Youth Expo Yesterday and Today

The year 2008 will see a remarkable anniversary: The Navarro County Youth Expo is turning 50! But this is only the official date of foundation, while the origins of the exposition go back to the 1930s, to what was then called the Corsicana Livestock and Agricultural Show. The show was a county fair involving all age groups of the population. Aside from locals exhibiting livestock and farming products, people from all over the country were attending to see a variety of displays and exhibits from multiple branches of production and construction. In 1957 financial problems led to the show being discontinued, but at the same time local leaders were already planning and developing a successor.

The first Navarro County Youth Expo took place on March 13 and 14 of 1959 and was held for Navarro County youth organizations 4-H, FFA and FHA. The organizers of this first show raised an amazing $3,000 to be awarded as prize money to winning participants. From these early days, the Expo continued to develop and stabilize. It was recognized early that continuous and controlled expansion is necessary to remain successful. Fannie Mae Vernon is a name that rings very familiar with locals who are in any way involved with the Youth Expo. She and others like her were driving forces in adopting non-agricultural divisions for the event, and thanks to this the Navarro County Youth Expo has seen fabulous growth and development, up to 200% recently. Thanks to these people the Expo has become a virtual, historic landmark for Corsicana and Navarro County.

The Youth Expo was - and still is - successful in more than just one aspect. Not only does it teach our youth that you have to work hard to accomplish something good, the Expo has also proven financially successful and it is a throughout healthy and genuine organization as it continues to recruit its leaders and makers from the youngsters that once participated as competitors.

For the special event of its 50th Anniversary, the Navarro County Youth Expo committee is looking for help in designing the 50th Anniversary logo for its upcoming celebration. The logo design contest is open to all residents of Navarro County. The winning entry will be featured in signs and advertising promoting the Expo?s events.

Entries in the contest may be mechanically or hand-drawn, and must be submitted no later than Feb. 10 to qualify for judging. A panel of judges comprised of Youth Expo executive committee members and show officials will make the final selection from the submitted entries. The designer of the winning entry will receive a cash prize of $50 along with public recognition for the entry.

Entries should be sent to Lance Waggoner at 321 North 12th Street, Corsicana, 75110; or may be emailed.

Email: Lance Waggoner

Link: Navarro County Expo Center

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