|Registration deadline is July 22|
Children proudly show off their calves during last year’s Franklin County Open Youth Dairy Show . This year, the show is expanded to include all livestock and will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9 at the Franklin County Recreation Park.
Monday, July 21, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The inaugural Franklin County Open Youth Livestock Show will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9 at the Franklin County Recreation Park's large shelter.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension and youth members of the Franklin County 4-H Adventure Farm Livestock Club will kick off the show Friday at 6 p.m. with the sheep and goat show.
Saturday morning at 8 a.m., dairy and beef heifers and market steers will begin arriving and will enter the ring at 10 a.m.
Youth ages 5 to 19 are eligible to show, regardless of their enrollment status in 4-H or FFA (Future Farmers of America). Beginners and those experienced in the art of showing livestock are all invited to show or attend the event.
There will be numerous classes to enter, including a costume class in which animals are to be dressed in their best costumes.
The Adventure Farm Livestock Club, once a dairy-only club, was expanded over a year ago to include more types of animals, said Franklin County Dairy Agent Cynthia Martel.
"Expanding the club helped to increase youth participation and to teach kids about more types of animals," she said. "The kids are learning how to halter-break calves and heifers, and in doing so, they are building friendships with the animals and other kids in the club. They are having fun working the calves while challenging each other to see who is better at things, like science or math."
The club is made up of both public and homeschooled children, Martel said.
"The animals are the bridge for all the kids to learn from each other and have fun the whole time," she said.
The show is open to residents of Virginia and surrounding states.
Deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 22 and the entry fee per animal is $7.
Registrations received after July 22 will be charged an additional $3 per animal.
Proceeds go towards future shows and prizes for the winners.
"The kids receive premiums or cash awards, along with their ribbons," said Martel. "This helps support them in the showing and raising of their animals."
Proceeds will also be used to purchase prize buckets filled with halters, brushes, grain or treats for the animals.
"We encourage kids to join the club at any time of the year," said Martel.
For more information about the club or to register for the upcoming show, contact Martel at the Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 483-5161.