A few weeks ago, I volunteered to be a member of the 4-H and FFA Awards Committee for our county fair. I envisioned myself relaxing at night as I browsed the Internet or leisurely walking as I shopped store fronts, finding all sorts of wonderful livestock show awards for the youth in our county.

Yeah. So that’s not the case.

Instead I’m sixty days away from the big event and I’m in a panic.

To add to my anxiety, both of my boys are taking market beef to our county fair this year. Our county fair has a bonus/premium auction for market livestock. I almost hyperventilate when I think of preparing the buyers’ gifts. Our family appreciates the buyers for their support of our youth and I want the gifts to reflect our gratitude. I want the gifts to be ones that are unique and useful, too.

Lucky for me, my friends at Stock Signs & Designs and Lucky Lady Engraving have given me great ideas for livestock show awards that recognize the hard work of the 4-H and FFA members in our county. And they can hook me up with some fantastic buyers’ gifts as well.


Stock Signs & Designs, Inc.

Chrissy Maxwell is the owner/operator of Stock Signs & Designs, Inc. Her children have been active 4-H and FFA members, so she gets it.  According to Chrissy, the goal of Stock Signs & Designs is “to promote the power of marketing at any level to aid in growth in the agricultural industry.”

Chrissy began by creating stall signs for her children’s 4-H club and FFA chapter. From there her business expanded to reach across the United States. And it’s obvious that Chrissy enjoys working with her clients.


“I may be biased, but I am convinced that we have the kindest, most enjoyable and humble clients. I am truly blessed to have the honor to work with each and every one of them.”

-Chrissy Maxwell

Stock Signs & Designs creates stall signs, dry-erase pedigree signs, breeder signs, farm signs, champion banners, and division champion signs. Chrissy has designed logos for feed stores and prizes for fishing tournaments. Chrissy remarks, “There is no order too small or large and regardless of size, each order receives our intricate attention to detail and design to make sure your event, business, or project gets the recognition it deserves.”


Stock Signs & Designs is offering a promo code to Silver Barn Cattle readers.

If you’re in the market for custom signage, contact Stock Signs & Designs via email or Facebook. If you mention the code SILVERBARN you will receive 10% your TOTAL first order. Like and follow Stock Signs & Designs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stocksignsanddesigns to keep your eye on special offers, contests, and new designs.

Lucky Lady Engraving, LLC

Jesse Cleary is the owner of Lucky Lady Engraving, LLC. Jesse grew up in Maine where she was certain her future would involve horses. After college she moved to Tucson, Arizona, and worked customer service for an animal supply mail order company and feed store. A friend offered her a job working in a machine shop operating a laser engraving machine. Jesse quickly learned that this was her new creative passion.


“I began experimenting with photos on different materials and reading everything I could get my hands on to teach me how to get the very best results. I knew one day I wanted a laser of my own and to build a business out of my new love.”

-Jesse Cleary


In 2015 Jesse started Lucky Lady Engraving. She is able to use her passion for lasers and her love of horses and livestock to create unique, usable, one-of-a-kind gifts and awards. Jesse reports that the most popular award this year is the SIC-brand 27-oz water bottle. She enjoys creating usable livestock show awards that winners can carry with them and proudly show off their accomplishments.



Lucky Lady Engraving is also offering a promo code to our readers.

Visit www.luckyladyengraving.com to place an order. Use the coupon code SilverBarnSummer for a 15% discount. The offer is good from June 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019.

For event organizers or members of award committees, Jesse offers a 30% discount on all items purchased for awards. And she is happy to engrave them with your own artwork, too.  Jesse extends this discount for youth purchasing buyers’ gifts so youth can express their gratitude in a classy and usable way. The 30% discount for awards and buyers’ gifts is not available online, so please contact Jesse directly by email at [email protected] or by phone at 520-873-7996. You can also like and follow her Facebook page here.



We here at the Silver Barn believe that youth need to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to their projects. They deserve to be proud of their accomplishments.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Chrissy and Jesse for offering a discount to our readers. I know I will be taking advantage of their generosity.

I can’t wait to start shopping!


What awards and buyers’ gifts do you like to give or receive? Please share in the comments below.

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