Junior Livestock Show

Courtney Dehn, 11, from Dearborn, Missouri, showcases cattle. The Junior Platte County Livestock Show will be held again this month at the fairgrounds.

Courtney Dehn, 11, from Dearborn, Missouri, showcases cattle. The Junior Platte County Livestock Show will be held again this month at the fairgrounds.

The Platte County Livestock Boosters will present the third annual Junior Livestock Show at the county fairgrounds this month. The three-day event is also being supported by the University of Missouri Extension 4-H, Platte County FFA and members of the fair board. Ruth Nelson, president of the booster club, said there will be three days of livestock shows along with a week long of indoor 4-H exhibits. Youth participants must be ages 21 years old or younger from any state in order to register for the livestock show. Sheep, goats, cattle and swine will be considered livestock for the event. There will also be a small animal category for livestock that will include poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs.

The Platte County Livestock Boosters will present the third annual Junior Livestock Show at the county fairgrounds this month.

The three-day event is also being supported by the University of Missouri Extension 4-H, Platte County FFA and members of the fair board.

Ruth Nelson, president of the booster club, said there will be three days of livestock shows along with a week long of indoor 4-H exhibits.

Youth participants must be ages 21 years old or younger from any state in order to register for the livestock show.

Sheep, goats, cattle and swine will be considered livestock for the event. There will also be a small animal category for livestock that will include poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Nelson said members of the booster club were able to collect funds from business donors in the area and have received community support for youth involvement in agriculture.

“The goal of the event is to provide the opportunity for youth to exhibit their livestock projects as well as increase the awareness of 4-H and FFA in our rural communities,” Nelson said.

The show will be free for the public to come to the livestock pavilion during the morning shows. Concession stand items will be available to purchase for breakfast and lunch.

The sheep and goat show will start at 10 a.m. on July 26, swine and small animal will be July 27 and cattle will be July 28. The event will be held at the Platte County fairgrounds in Tracy, Missouri.

The pre-registration fee is $10 per head and $15 per head the day of the show. There will be custom awards and cash prizes for grand winners, reserves and individual class payouts.

For the second year, a Platte County Rooster Crowing Contest will be held during the event. The contest begins at 12:30 p.m. on July 27 and all ages can enter. The check-in will be at 11:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $1 for each pre-entry or $2 per entry the day of the contest.

The contest is sponsored by Yellow Boot Saddlery which was the home of the late “Chick Norris” that was named the 2017 Missouri State Fair Rooster Crowing Champion.

The booster club is the recipient of the FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation Grant to upgrade the fairgrounds. The grant allows them to renovate the wash racks with new concentrate flooring, drains and overhead protection.

“The updated facilities will provide an operational and safe environment that benefits the rural community, the local vocational ag programs and the countywide 4-H clubs,” Nelson said. “We are excited the upgrades have been completed in time for our 2019 show.”

For more information on the Junior Platte County Livestock Show, visit their Facebook page or the Platte County MU Extension Service. Nelson can be contacted by phone 918-441-0600 or Doyle Leefers can be contacted by phone at 402-699-7300.