The purpose of the ECYE Calf Scramble (presented by Chick-fil-A Waxahachie and GKB Cattle) is to encourage Ellis County youth
to participate in an Agricultural Livestock Project in 2021:
- with the highest levels of integrity and commitment
- learning the meaning of hard work through the student’s own efforts to raise and show an animal at the Ellis County Youth Expo
- under the oversight of a Youth Development Program Advisor (such as 4H or FFA),
- knowing that winning at all costs is not the goal, but rather to do their absolute best,
- while they learn and grow as citizens of our community.
SELECTION OF CONTESTANTS
1. The 2020 Calf Scramble will be held in 2 Rodeo performances during the 2020 Ellis County Youth Expo Stockshow and Rodeo (March 27-28, 2020). There will be 16 participants and 2 alternates (for a total of 18 students) scheduled for each performance. The participants will be guaranteed a position in the Scramble. The alternates will be used to fill any vacancies. If necessary, a waiting list will be maintained.
2. Participants will be carefully selected using the guidelines listed below and under Paragraph 3.
a. The Calf Scramble is available to boys and girls who reside in Ellis County and are members of 4H or FFA.
b. Scramble participants must be 14, 15, 16, or 17 years of age as of January 1, 2020, and not beyond their Junior year (11th grade) in high school.
c. Participants may download application/entry forms at the Ellis County Youth Expo website.
d. ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Each Ellis County FFA Chapter and 4H Club will not be guaranteed a participant spot. This is truly a first-come, first-served opportunity.
e. Participants will need to print a second form called MINOR RELEASE (“MINOR’S RELEASE, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT”) and obtain the necessary signatures:
Youth and parent/guardian signatures must be notarized
Advisor (FFA/4H) signature does not require notarization
f. Applications and releases will need to be turned in in-person at Chick-fil-A of Waxahachie (996 Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75165). A representative from Chick-fil-A of Waxahachie will write the date and time of acceptance on top of the entry and release, completing the calf scramble application process. It is then that the student’s name will be put in line on the participant list.
g. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first served basis, based on the completion time stamp for accepted applications.
h. INCOMPLETE MINOR RELEASES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All information requested on the MINOR RELEASE must be complete. An application submitted with an incomplete release form will be returned to the submitter, and submission date and timestamp will be applied at the point the completed release form and application are presented.
i. If, for any reason, a participant or alternate is forced to withdraw from participating in the Calf Scramble, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Mr. Phil Browne, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A of Waxahachie, at 972-268-0037 immediately.
3. The following questions and factors should be taken into consideration by ASTs or CEAs when signing a participant’s release:
a. The Scramble Purchase Certificate awarded to the winner is for the purchase of an animal project or feed and supplies for an animal project to be exhibited at the 2021 Ellis County Youth Expo.
b. Would the participant or the participant’s family be financially able to add extra funds if it is necessary? Most participants have had to add more money in order to obtain a suitable animal for showing.
c. Does the participant have suitable facilities for caring for and developing the animal of their choice?
d. Does the participant have a real desire to own and show an animal?
e. Is the participant the type who will devote the required attention to the animal in an effort to bring a healthy, well cared for animal to the 2020 ECYE that he or she, their sponsor, their supervisor and the Ellis County Youth EXPO will be proud to exhibit?