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Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 12:07 PM

85th Annual Jr. Livestock Show & Sale This Weekend

85th Annual Jr. Livestock Show & Sale This Weekend

By Rachel Dahl

The 85th annual Churchill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale runs this week. It begins on April 25 with the traditional Ag in the Classroom event for community 5th graders and ends on April 27 with the auction at 1 p.m.

The event takes place inside the spacious, climate-controlled Rafter 3C Arena, where livestock market animals, including swine, sheep, beef, goat, poultry, and rabbits, will be displayed, shown, and auctioned.

Local youth will participate in classes and judge animals throughout the show and have the opportunity to exhibit the skills they’ve learned in 4-H and the High Desert Grange programs. Students from Oasis Academy and Churchill County High School FFA programs will be on hand to show their animals on Thursday and Friday before the sale on Saturday. 

Churchill County Commission Chair Myles Getto, a product of the Livestock Show himself, said youth will demonstrate project management, decision-making, fiscal responsibility, time management, record keeping, and project evaluation. “The Show and Sale gives our community the opportunity to encourage and reward the youth who are engaged in these positive self-development and education opportunities,” he said.

Options are available for purchasing market animals for processing during the sale on Saturday, and the community is encouraged to team up with a neighbor or friend to split the costs. 

“This is your opportunity to purchase locally raised animals that will yield high-quality meat for your freezer,” said Karen Bogdanowicz, Program Leader for the Churchill County 4-H program.

“As a past showman participant,” said Getto, “I understand the importance of community support to the youth participating in the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, and I’d like to welcome and encourage the community to attend this outstanding event.”

For more information, contact Karen Bogdanowicz at 775-427-2480.