Connor Alexander

Conner Alexander, center, won the calf scramble.

Conner Alexander, a member of the Carthage FFA, caught a calf during the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $16,000 in scholarship awards.

Conner Alexander’s parents are Billy Alexander and Ashlee Alexander of Carthage. Conner Alexander’s award was sponsored by BNSF Railway Foundation.

One of the Stock Show’s most iconic and popular events, the Calf Scramble gives 20 students an opportunity to catch 10 calves during one of 22 performances of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show &and Rodeo held Jan. 17 through Feb. 8. Those not catching calves receive a pair of Justin Boots courtesy of the iconic western footwear maker. Justin Boots and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are overall underwriters for the legendary Calf Scramble Program.

Since the Fort Worth Calf Scramble began in 1987, more than 7,600 4-H and FFA members were able to catch a calf in the rodeo arena for a combined $3.8 million in Heifer Purchase Certificates. Conner Alexander will use the purchase certificate toward the cost of a heifer that he will raise and exhibit at next year’s Stock Show. Exhibitors that submit monthly reports and a final essay may be eligible for scholarship awards that can range between $500 and $16,000. Thanks to the efforts of the Calf Scramble Sponsors and Committee members, 1,478 of those winners received a combined total of $2.94 million in scholarships.