HARRISBURG — Nearly 1,000 young dairy enthusiasts will take center stage in the 10th annual Premier National Junior Events, the four-day youth event held Sept. 7-10 during the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.
“For the past decade, this elite event has provided an opportunity for our youth to hone their dairy skills and knowledge,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Thanks to the support of volunteers and sponsors, the Premier National Junior Events continues to grow and help develop our future industry leaders.”
Exhibitors can compete in seven national breed shows, a national showmanship contest, judging and junior management contests. Youth can also participate in a networking and career education event.
Junior exhibitors who attend the events’ opening ceremony on September 8 at 4:30 p.m. are eligible for more than $35,000 in prizes, including seven show-aged calves donated by All-American breeders.
Other giveaways are Bonnie Mohr posters and anniversary glass ornaments to all participants; hand-painted ceramic pitchers; embroidered jackets and garment bags; boots; free set-up for professional photography; show and fitting supplies; free full-page advertisements from breed publications; dairy semen and gift certificates, among many other items.
Class winners and champions will receive special 10th anniversary gifts; best bred and owned receive decorative stars; grand and junior champions earn hand-painted showboxes; and reserve champions take home pewter star lamps.
Exhibitors get complimentary lunch on show day and a free pizza party on Sept. 7.
Youth can also enjoy a free concert Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., featuring country music artist Greg Bates.
The All-American Dairy Show features 22 shows in six days in addition to the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show. Last year’s show featured nearly 2,500 animals and more than 900 exhibitors from across the nation.
For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us.
Editor’s Note: The tentative Premier National Junior Events schedule is:
Friday, Sept. 6
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — White Show Pants Exchanges, Barn B
7 p.m. — Pennsylvania Junior Jersey meeting, Philadelphia Room
7 p.m. — Pennsylvania Junior Brown Swiss meeting, VIP Lounge
Saturday, Sept. 7
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Premier National Junior Event Check-in, Cameron Street Lobby
9 a.m. — Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show, Equine Arena
Noon — Cattle arrival deadline for Premier National Junior Events
5-6 p.m. — Youth Showmanship Contest registration, Large Arena
6 p.m. — Spotlight on Youth social event, Small Arena
7 p.m. — Country music concert, Small Arena
Sunday, Sept. 8
7:30-8:30 a.m. — Youth Showmanship Contest registration, Large Arena
9:30 a.m. — Youth Showmanship Contest, Large Arena
2:30 p.m. — Senior Division fitting competition, Large Arena
3:30 p.m. — Ice Cream Social and Junior Show shirt check-in, Main Hall
4:30 p.m. — Premier National Junior Events Opening Ceremony, Small Arena
7 p.m. — Premier National Junior Events Benefit Auction, Small Arena
7:30 p.m. — Mid-Atlantic Milking Shorthorn Juniors meeting, Philadelphia Room
Monday, September 9
7:50 a.m. — Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Small Arena
8 a.m. - Premier National Junior Shows, Large and Equine Arenas
2:30 p.m. — Premier National Junior Show Supreme Champion Pageant, Equine
7 p.m. — Judging Contest Awards Banquet, Keystone Conference Center
Tuesday, September 10
9 a.m. — 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging Forum/Junior Dairy Management Contest, Equine Arena
11 a.m. — Celebrity Milkshake Madness contest, Dairy Activity Center