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.
“You still have a lot of years left” seems to be the only words echoing through my mind as I prepare myself for my last market lamb show as a junior exhibitor. Whatever increments I had ever used to measure my show career; years, shows, days, animals, or even handshakes – I have one left.
Twelve years ago, when I walked into the ring of my first county show with a large medium wool lamb named “Buddy” and looked around at the high school seniors standing next to me, I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were incredible. They made everything look effortless while I was just praying not to let go of the lamb. In that moment, I decided that all I wanted to be was like them. Now that I am a senior who has achieved goals that have surpassed my wildest dreams, I realize that I would give anything to be a first grader in a bright pink shirt walking into the ring for the first time with her best friend “Buddy.” A child whose biggest concern is not letting go of her lamb instead of letting go of her last chance to achieve her dreams. A child who could try again next time instead of a girl who would give anything for the promise of just a few more steps in the ring. A child who said goodbye to her lamb at the end of a show instead of a girl who will say goodbye to an activity to which she has dedicated her life thus far.