Angus enthusiasts will head to Denver, Colo., July 11-17 for the world's largest single breed beef cattle show — the 2010 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Angus and junior Angus associations will sponsor the highlight of the summer, themed “Rush to the Rockies.”

The weeklong event will kick-off Monday evening with the Parade of States during the Opening Ceremonies at the National Western Complex. Activities during the remaining week will include cattle shows, a showmanship competition, and educational contests.

“Each year, Angus families everywhere look forward to the National Junior Angus Show, and with good reason,” says Robin Ruff, junior activities director for the American Angus Association® headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. “For them, this event represents so much more than a cattle show. It's a place where Angus youth build life skills, leadership qualities and long-lasting friendships.”

Judges for the more than 1,000 head of cattle expected to compete in the showring have been confirmed. Wesley Hudson, Harrison, Ark., will select champions in the owned heifer division. Judging owned and bred-and-owned cow-calf pairs, bred-and-owned females, and bred-and-owned bulls will be Doug Worthington, Modesto, Calif. Steers will be evaluated by Randy Daniel, Colbert, Ga. States will join together to compete for the Best Five Head, while individual members will vie for Junior Premier Breeder. A carcass steer contest will also take place.

Junior members will compete in the 44th Annual National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest. Jeana Sankey, Clark, S.D., Cara Ayres, Stevensville, Mont., and Ty Krebs, Gordon, Neb., will evaluate two contestants from each state as they strive for the national showmanship title.

In addition, hundreds of junior members will participate in more than a dozen educational contests. Individual contests include prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, graphic design, writing, photography, livestock judging, career development and poster categories. State teams will compete in the quiz bowl, team sales, and fitting contests as well as the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB) Cook-Off.

Herdsmanship and scrapbook contests are also planned, as well as the NJAS mentoring program partnering senior and novice members for networking with juniors from across the country.

Two delegates from each state will gather at the annual meeting of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) to review the organization's bylaws and elect six new directors to the NJAA Board. The new directors and officers will be announced during the awards program at the conclusion of the week. The Angus Foundation and American Angus Auxiliary will award numerous scholarships to deserving college students.

The cattle ownership and postmark entry deadline for the NJAS is June 1; no exceptions will be made. Contest entry deadlines and further information about the NJAS are available at or by contacting the Junior Activities Department at 816-383-5100.


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