WHAT: State 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Show, which includes showmanship and skillathon competitions and the youth livestock auction.
WHEN: Thursday (Aug. 9) to Thursday (Aug. 16)
WHERE: State Fair of West Virginia Southern States Livestock Arena and Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena; State Fair of West Virginia, 947 Maplewood Ave., Fairlea
Market Goat Show – Friday (Aug. 10), noon; Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena
Market Lamb Show – Saturday (Aug. 11), 8 a.m.; Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena
Market Hog Show – Sunday (Aug. 12), 8:30 a.m.; Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena
Market Steer Show – Sunday (Aug. 12), 4 p.m.; Southern States Livestock Arena
Youth Livestock Auction – Monday (Aug. 13), 1 p.m.; Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena
Showmanship and skillathon competitions, also part of the junior livestock show, are great opportunities for youths. Several competitions occur daily, times will vary.
All year, West Virginia University Extension Service employees and state FFA advisers work with youths from around the state to prepare their animals for the junior livestock competitions at the State Fair of West Virginia, having fun and teaching valuable life skills in the process.
“Youth livestock projects are a great way teach life skills and have some fun along the way. It takes a great deal of work to get an animal ready to compete, and we are fortunate to have the State Fair as a place to showcase the hard work of our West Virginia 4-H and FFA members. The time in the show ring is important, but more importantly, the time spent with family and friends at the fair will create lasting memories long after the ribbons have faded. Blue-ribbon animals are nice, but blue-ribbon kids are the focus of our WVU Extension Service educators and show managers.” – Ronnie Helmondollar, WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director and show general superintendent
For the full schedule, visit http://statefairofwv.com/fair/livestock-competitions/. All youth competitions can be identified on the schedule by the “junior” or “market” labels.
On-site media contacts:
Jennifer Williams, 304.376.4516
Ronnie Helmondollar, 304.288.4271
If you need assistance locating a media contact, visit the WVU Extension Service table in the WVU Building.
CONTACT: Tara Curtis
WVU Extension Service
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