Junior livestock show to be held in Cassville

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Barry County Junior Livestock Show will be held at the Cassville FFA Show Barn, which is located east of the Cassville High School football field, on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.

"Area youth and agriculutralists will be showing their work and projects," said Charli Jo Epperly, Cassville High School vo-ag instructor. "This is how these students learn responsibility. By attending the livestock show, the community can show support for these individuals and our county agriculture."

This year's livestock show will feature dairy cattle, dairy and meat goats and rabbits from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday night. Beef cattle, hogs, sheep and fancy chickens will be on display between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday.

The show is open to 4-H and FFA members in Barry, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton, McDonald and Stone counties. Agriculturalists from Benton and Carroll counties in Arkansas may also compete in the event. The show also features a pee-wee category for youth who are not old enough to join either agriculture clubs.

"We hope to see as many agriculturalists from Barry County participate as possible," said Epperly. "We are trying to build up the number of individuals who show livestock in our county."

Grand and reserve grand champion ribbons will be awarded to youth participating in many different categories, including rabbits and fancy chickens, which were added this year. The show could feature up to five dairy cattle, nine goat, 25 rabbit, 16 beef cattle, six sheep, seven swine and 16 fancy chicken divisions.

"This is a good opportunity for them to participate in a show that does not charge an entry fee," said Epperly. "It serves as a practice show before many go on to compete at the Ozark Empire Fair and other local fairs."

Individuals interested in participating in the 2007 Barry County Junior Livestock Show must be checked in and in place one hour prior to show time. Animals cannot be checked in the night before. Exhibitors will be responsible for providing bedding for their animals and cleaning their stall after the show.

There are no entry or admission costs for the livestock show. Participant premiums are supported by donations from local organizations, businesses and community members.

For more information about the Barry County Junior Livestock Show call 846-6917.

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