Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most-exciting event of their summer—the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), set for July 19-25 in Perry, Ga. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the “Sweet Southern Showdown” at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
Georgia Angus members will showcase their southern hospitality throughout the week. Country music sensation Lady Antebellum will perform in Reaves Arena during the opening ceremonies that kicks off the week-long event of cattle shows, educational contests and building life long friendships. Friends of the Georgia Junior Angus Association and the American Angus Hall of Fame are sponsoring the musical trio that won the 2008 Country Music Association (CMA) New Artist of Year, and were recently nominated for two Grammy Awards.
“Many families use the NJAS as their family vacation, and the people in Georgia are rolling out the red carpet to make this an event to remember,” says Robin Ruff, junior activities director for the American Angus Association® with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. “But, more than a cattle show or contests, this is the place where youth build friendships that will last their entire lives.”
As the week progresses, more than 1,000 head of cattle are expected to compete for top honors in the show ring with champions awarded for owned females and cow-calf pairs and bred-and-owned females, bulls and cow-calf pairs, and steers. In addition, the 43rd Annual National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest will take place later in the week. Two contestants from each state will compete for the prestigious title of “top showman.”
In addition to the activities inside the show ring, more than a dozen educational contests take place including carcass, herdsmanship, prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, graphic design, writing, photography, quiz bowl, poster, scrapbook, team sales, fitting, livestock judging and the American Angus Auxiliary sponsored All-American
Certified Angus Beef ® Cook-off. The mentoring program will return to give juniors of all ages the opportunity to meet and interact with members from across the country.
National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members will conduct the organization's annual meetings and elect six new directors to the NJAA Board. The six officers, completing their second year on the Board, will be announced during the awards program, capping off the week's activities. In addition, the Angus Foundation and Angus Auxiliary will award numerous scholarships to deserving college students.
Cattle show entries are due June 1, and no exceptions are made. Contest entry
deadlines and further information about the NJAS are online at www.njas.info,
or by contacting the junior activities department at 816-383-5100.