Anyone wanting to meet the future movers and shakers from Ellis County, stop by the Expo Center this week for an introduction.

This week’s annual Ellis County Youth Expo marks the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work for several hundred of our county’s best and brightest. Beginning Tuesday, our 4-H and FFA students from throughout the county will begin showing their projects.

For them, the show is more than the opportunity to earn a ribbon — or even qualify for next Saturday’s sale auction. It is an opportunity to stand in the spotlight along with their fellow club members and be honored for their dedication and hard work.

Every day for the past year, these 4-H and FFA students rise before the sun to take care of their projects — every day. They come home after school and repeat the process all over again, feeding, grooming and working with their animals. They take pride in what they do. They work hard, learning something new every step along the way.

It is unfortunate that many Americans today believe our food supply comes from the grocery store, with very little knowledge of how it got there.

These students — our 4-H and FFA students — have invested their time in learning the importance of nation’s farming and ranching heritage.

While some of the students displaying projects at this week’s Ellis County Youth Expo will become farmers and ranchers after completing their education, most will go on to other careers beyond agriculture. As history has shown, they will become leaders in their fields, highly sought after because of the leadership skills and dedication learned from their participation in 4-H and FFA.

The 2014 Ellis County Youth Expo opens Tuesday afternoon and continues through Saturday at the Ellis County Youth Expo building, located on the U.S. Highway 287 Bypass between Waxahachie and Midlothian. The family-style event is open to the public, with no admission charge.

It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about our rich agriculture heritage, while also recognizing a group of outstanding students who will become future movers and shakers.

We’ll see you there, and be sure to pick up a copy of the Daily Light every day (with photo slideshows and videos posted online at as we provide comprehensive coverage of the event and these outstanding young people from our communities throughout the week.