Management at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds has reached an agreement with the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Association to hold all future animal validations at the facility.
John Freeman, with the NCJLS Association, said on Monday the non-profit organization has moved most of its validation operations to the fairgrounds. Past validations used to be done at the Nueces County Memorial Agricultural Center's showbarn.
However, once Nueces County resumed ownership and operation of the facility in June, county leaders expressed their desire to have the validations, and any future events, moved to the new fairgrounds in order to avoid self-competition among the facilities.
Freeman said the biggest obstacle to overcome was how the NCJLS Association would pay for the facilities at the RMB Fairgrounds, but most of those issues have been resolved, he added.
The annual NCJLS brings in millions of dollars from the event from the sale of student projects and fundraising events, but more than 90 percent of money raised goes directly back to the youth. The remainder is used just for normal, day-to-day operations, Freeman said.
Jason Green, general manager of the fairgrounds, said last week the new deal would "not cost (the NCJLS Association) anything," and added he looked forward to having future youth events for the NCJLS and other agricultural organizations being held at the fairgrounds. He would not elaborate on the specifics of the deal, however.