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.
Since I can remember I have always wanted to be involved in Agriculture. From the time I got home from the hospital after coming in to this world, I have been going to shows and working with livestock. I don’t remember the story myself, but when I was 6 months old I was at the Western National Stock Show at Denver not as a competitor but as a spectator (somewhat). As the story goes, my mother was moved that the boys kept coming and asking her if they could take care of me for her so that she could walk around and enjoy herself. She thought that was the sweetest group of boys she had ever been around. Usually it was the girls in my dad’s ag chapter that wanted to hold the baby, but this time the boys took over. However, she was not as impressed when she found out why I was so popular with the boys.She had mentioned to my dad that the boys were doing such a wonderful job taking care of me and he started laughing. A little aggravated, she ask why that was funny and he told her, don’t you know what they are doing? They are using Coleman to meet girls; all girls are drawn to a baby regardless of how ugly the boys holding him may be. She failed to see the humor in that, but that was my first major stock show and I guess I have been hooked ever since.