THE PURPLE CIRCLE symbolizes the upper echelon in the show arena. Attention is focused on producers and show persons of championship cattle, hogs, sheep and goats: hence the "Purple" in our title. The "Circle" in our title proclaims the unity and solidarity that livestock people share as we aim for excellence in our enterprises.
"Livestock people" encompass a broad spectrum of ages. Parents and children, leaders and youth, experienced and inexperienced assume a purpose and a role in selecting, caring for, and showing livestock. In the era of everyone "doing his or her own thing" the 4-H, FFA and open class show arena are some of the last bastions of family solidarity. We are confident that The Purple Circle will exert a positive influence in strengthening the family circle.
The Purple Circle will serve as a showcase and a public arena from which people from coast to coast can acknowledge winners from other areas of the country. The Purple Circle will attend national and regional livestock shows, state fairs and other shows as time permits, striving to keep you informed of news and trends in show circuits and helping you to become better acquainted with your colleagues in the livestock realm.
We welcome comments and suggestions from our readers and strive for excellence and the distinction of being in the "purple circle" of livestock publications and educational tools.
My name is Lindsey Lamkin and I am the 19-year-old daughter of Bret and Pam Lamkin of Lubbock, Texas. My parents both work at my dad’s insurance agency. I also have one younger brother, Blake Lamkin, who is a 16 year old junior at Shallowater High School. I graduated from Shallowater High School this past May and I am currently attending West Texas A&M University. While in high school, I was extremely involved in my FFA chapter, a cheerleader and was also on our livestock judging team. I, unlike most of the other successful showman featured here, did not grow up showing animals or even grow up on a farm.
I was born in San Antonio, Texas and then lived in the center of Lubbock, Texas until I was in the second grade when we moved to Shallowater. Until that move to Shallowater I didn’t even know what a pig was. I had always heard stories of my mother showing pigs when she was growing up and of her granddad raising pigs, but all of this was new to me then. Now that I have been involved in the industry, I wish I would have had the chance to grow up in the same environment as my mom did.