Livestock show volunteers do it for the kids

Cudes mark 20 years of service


For the last 20 years, Warren and Darla Cude have been devoting their time volunteering with the Pecos County Livestock Association.

Warren and Darla Cude grew up showing animals themselves and passed the love down to their son, Tanner.

The Cude help and take part in the annual Pecos County Livestock Show held each January at the Pecos County Coliseum. The couple just wrapped up its work with the show held Jan. 10-11.

“We're here for one reason and that's the kids,” said Warren.

The annual event features students from Fort Stockton, Iraan, Coyanosa and Imperial who have participated in either 4-H or FFA.

They show their animal projects of sheep, goats, pigs, heifers, as well as compete in categories like photography, agriculture mechanics and food. The county show acts as a warmup of sorts for the youth to go on to bigger state-wide contests in places like Houston or San Antonio.

Tanner showed yearly from grades three to 12. Since he graduated, his parents have continued to be involved with the association.

Currently Warren is the president of the 15-member board and Darla is the secretary.

The board meets twice a year and sets rules and coordinate the events with local agencies and the county horse show.

“Darla and I have always been a supporter of the youth,” said Warren.

The Cude's showed sheep and goats and have also donated to kids who have needed an animal just to get them involved.

Warren said he loves that the kids can make contacts across the state, make life long friends and learn skills for college.

Something that the Cude's are looking forward to is passing on the skills and love of showing animals to their grandchildren.

“It is fun and teaches responsibility,” said Warren.

The Livestock Show has a lot of moving parts and Warren said that the help of Gus Lopez and Tom Chapman is immeasurable.

They were available 24/7 in the during the show and helped with the Pecos County Coliseum or Pecos County Civic Center needs.

“They are a key component to making this successful,” said Warren.

The city of Fort Stockton and Paul Pasqua also made a big impact for the around 100 kids who participated.

“The support from the businesses both local and outside are the ones making this a success,” he said.