Annual 'Special Hearts Livestock Show' provides opportunities for special needs youth

Participants will have an opportunity to show either a goat or a lamb at the Special Hearts Livestock Show in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Adobe Photo Stock)
Participants will have an opportunity to show either a goat or a lamb at the Special Hearts Livestock Show in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Adobe Photo Stock)

Participants will have an opportunity to show either a goat or a lamb at the Special Hearts Livestock Show in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Adobe Photo Stock)

Local youth with Down Syndrome, an Autism spectrum disorder or other special needs can experience a petting zoo, be paired with a lamb or goat and show it before a judge.

The annual "Special Hearts Livestock Show" offers many opportunities for special needs youth in New Braunfels to participate in various 4-H programs.


The fourth annual Special Hearts show is free and open to the public Nov. 17. Participants will show their animals at the Comal County Fairgrounds, 701 Common St., New Braunfels, from 2-5 p.m.

The "Special Hearts Livestock Show" began in 2016 with a total of 17 participants. The volunteer organization has grown to include 35 participants this year with support from the Comal County 4-H program.

“It is so meaningful to these children and their families to be able to participate,” said Victoria Grossom, extension agent for 4-H and Youth Development with the Comal County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “It is a wonderful way to include youth who otherwise might not have the opportunity to show an animal in a stock show setting."
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.