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The Alvin Youth Livestock and Arena Association was formed by a group of concerned citizens in 1976.  They applied for a Charter for anon-profit organization, with tax exempt status, which was granted by the State of Texas.  AYLAA was formed to provide a place for area youth to participate in agriculture related activities.  Thirty-eight years later, the organization is still being operated by an all volunteer Officers and Board of Directors.  AYLAA is funded by donations from area business, individuals, and fund raising activities by its members.  It is not maintained by the county or city, as are similar facilities in the area.  The number of youth who benefit from activities held at AYLAA, per year, is approximately 850, and the facilities are used approximately 285 days per year.  There are 250 family memberships.  An average of 350 youth participates in the Summer Series events (12 days).  Area 4-H groups hold their monthly meetings and other related activities in the main building and arena.  The Alvin FFA Booster Club and AYLAA sponsor a youth rodeo to raise funds for the Alvin High School FFA Chapter (40 members) to carry on their projects.  This rodeo is sanctioned by the Youth Rodeo Association.  Approximately 250 additional area and state-wide youth and their families come to Alvin for this two day event.  AYLAA sponsors a Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association rodeo, in conjunction with the Alvin Rotary Club, during the Frontier Days celebration.  Approximately 200 to 250 contestants and their families come to Alvin for this two-day event.  Other fund raising events are held at the AYLAA facilities, such as barrel races, calf ropings, team ropings, etc. which bring several people to the Alvin area. AYLAA is completely youth oriented.  Several $500.00 college scholarships are presented at their annual awards day program. AYLAA currently furnishes facilities for the Cowboy Ministries Church, which has a steadily growing membership, numbering over one hundred members.  Services are held weekly along with their many other activities. AYLAA members have refurbished the facilities – painting all fences, installing new aluminum seating, installing a new aerobic sewer system, constructing a new pavilion base, and other maintenance projects.  The long range plan is to stabilize the parking areas so more events can be held after inclement weather.  A new concession stand is in the planning stages. Anyone wishing to make donations toward any of these projects, purchase advertising signs, make donations toward Summer Series prizes or the scholarship program may contact the AYLAA website, AYLAA.org.
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