Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.; Horse Pavilion

Join the Elbert Douglas County Livestock Association for a Barbecue lunch before the Junior Livestock Sale! This great tradition raises funds for EDCLA scholarships and programs. The Barbecue begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m. The beef or pork meal, with all the sides and dessert, is $10.00 per person, all ages. Tickets are available before the Barbecue at multiple locations or at the Barbecue itself. All members are encouraged to come out about 10 am to help set up and then at 11:00 serve about 500 meals to the public.  This is one of our fundraisers that we do every year. Come out and meet your friends and neighbors.

EDCLA promotes agricultural education and hands on learning through the 4-H program’s Bred Heifer project and Catch-a-Calf program.

In 2018 - 2 Scholarships will be awarded to Bethany Phippen of Sadelia and Alexa Hagans of Elizabeth. 

Elbert County Fair Parade -

Elbert County Fair Parade on Sunday, August 5, 2018. The EDCLA asks that anyone within the organization that would like to ride their horse in the Fair Parade be at the south end of the fairgrounds where we park to unload our horses by 10:30 am. 

EDCLA Annual Meeting  

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Elbert Co. Fairgrounds - Kiowa, Colo. 
Doors open at 5pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm
Featuring a great beef meal, guest speaker and silent auction. The auction raises critical funds each year for our scholarships, support of Ag in the Classroom, and various 4-H activities here in Elbert County.

EDCLA Beef Symposium

The biannual symposium is held in November. The event offers a full day of beef education from industry leading experts about the challenges of raising cattle and in turn beef. The event is made possible through generous sponsorships. The next EDCLA Beef Symposium will be held November 2019.


Ride With Ranchers

The Elbert/Douglas County Livestock Association "Ride with the Ranchers"  trail ride is TBA. Riders have enjoyed past EDCLA Trail Rides. 

Following the ride an outstanding rib eye steak lunch cooked on-site was served along with corn on the cob, potato salad, home made coleslaw, watermelon, cookies, iced tea and lemon aid.  The biggest complaint voiced was the dinner plates were too small to hold all of the food.  EDCLA would like to thank Dave Link with MultiMin and Mathew Cox with Merial for sponsoring our event.  Their contribution added greatly to the financial success of this fund raiser.  With their support, contributions from EDCLA members and the riders we were able to raise enough money to provide one scholarship next year to either a Douglas County or Elbert County graduating high school senior who will pursue an agricultural related college degree.


Youth Programs 

4-H members interested in livestock breeding, especially beef, should consider the Elbert Douglas County Livestock Association (EDCLA) Bred Heifer Project. This is a great project to introduce our youth to the beef industry while starting a beef herd of their own. It is an informative project that is quite different from the other 4-H projects for beef.


Memorial Scholarships

The Elbert Douglas County Livestock Association is pleased to announce that its annual memorial scholarships are available to students who are residents of either Elbert or Douglas Counties. The college scholarships are in memory of various residents of the two counties who have had significant impacts on the livestock industry in the area. 

Four scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors or graduates living in Elbert or Douglas County, or seniors or graduates who are members in good standing of Elbert or Douglas County 4-H programs. The successful recipients must be accepted at or enrolled in an accredited college or university, with a major in an agricultural related area.

Anyone interested in receiving an application for the EDCLA Memorial Scholarship should contact a EDCLA member for a application.

In 2018 - 2 Scholarships will be awarded to Bethany Phippen of Sadelia and Alexa Hagans of Elizabeth. 

Scholarships will be presented to on Saturday, August 4th at 6:30 pm in the open pavilion at the Elbert County Fairgrounds in Kiowa. 

Past EDCLA Scholarships have been given in memory of the following outstanding individuals of Elbert and Douglas Counties.

       2013 - Leland Oljker

2012 - Jack and Ruth Fletcher

2011 - Sharon Miller

2008 - Leland Oljker

2007 - Max Kelly

2006 - Becky Shy

2005 - Gilbert Abbott

2004 - Don Stroh

2003 - Loren D. Green

2002 - Harold Benjamin

2001 - Otto Maul

2000 - Shirley Baird

1999 - Carol Evans