Saturday, August 4, 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. Tickets are required in order to get your plate filled.

EDCLA Annual Meeting  

TBA           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 annual 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. 


Elbert County Fair BBQ

EDCLA offers a barbecue during the Elbert County Fair in Kiowa, Colorado.  The annual barbecue is held on the second Saturday of the fair.
Saturday, August 4, 11:00 a.m.; Horse Pavilion- 
The great tradition raises funds for EDCLA scholarships and programs. The beef meal with all sides and dessert is $10 per person, all ages. Tickets are available before the Barbecue or at the Barbecue itself. Tickets are required in order to get your plate filled. 

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