McCain inducted into hall of fame

Vernon McCain was inducted into the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo Hall of Fame recently.

McCain was a part of the Southwest District Livestock Show for over 58 years as exhibitor, parent, grandparent, 4-H leader and FFA advisor and Ag teacher. He was born July 10, 1942 in Lake Charles and lived all of his life in Grand Lake. He was a 1960 Graduate of Grand Lake High School, received his Bachelor of Education from McNeese State University and his Master’s Degree from USL. He worked as a teacher for 44 years, teaching Agriculture for most of those years in Cameron, Jeff Davis and Calcasieu Parishes. McCain also served as the FFA advisor and rodeo sponsor throughout the years.

After his retirement, he worked for three years as the farm manager for the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

His involvement is the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo began with showing his own animals as a child and continued as a parent of six livestock exhibitors. He continued his involvement as 4-H leader and FFA Advisor and Ag teacher to hundreds of exhibitors for over 30 years. He was a member of the Southwest District Livestock Show Agent and Ag Teacher Committee from 1975 to 1998.

He served as President of the Louisiana Hereford Association and Advisor of the Louisiana Junior Hereford Association. He was a member of the Louisiana State Fair Board of Directors, Cal-Cam Fair Board of Directors, Cameron Parish Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Allen and Jeff Davis Cattlemen’s Associations. He was also Rodeo Advisor for the South Cameron High School Rodeo Team and Club.

Sadly McCain passed away in December of 2022. He was married to Jolene for 61 years and had six children: Lex, Curt, Wade, Candace, Kerri and Maureen. He had 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.