National Junior Angus Show Set for Pennsylvania

“Let Freedom Ring” this summer; enter by June 1.

Angus and American pride will meet in Harrisburg, Pa., July 10-16 at the world’s largest single-breed beef cattle show — the 2011 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The Pennsylvania Angus and junior Angus associations will sponsor the event, themed “Let Freedom Ring.”

The week’s activities get started Monday evening with the Parade of States during the Opening Ceremonies at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Events during the remaining week will include cattle shows, a showmanship competition, and educational contests.

“The National Junior Angus Show brings Angus juniors and families together every summer to compete and celebrate their Angus passion. This year we’ll also be celebrating our American heritage,” 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 900 head of cattle expected to compete in the showring have been confirmed. Ernie Wallace, Stotts City, Mo., will select champions in the owned heifer division. Judging bred-and-owned females, bulls and cow-calf pairs will be Alan Miller, Gridley, Ill. Steers will be evaluated by Mark Johnson, Orlando, Okla. States will compete for the Best Five Head, while individual members will vie for Junior Premier Breeder and Junior Herdsman. A carcass steer contest will also take place.

Junior members will compete in the 45th Annual National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest. Sam Carter, Julesburg, Colo.; John Toledo, Visalia, Calif.; and John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, 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, which partners junior mentors and protégés for networking with others 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 also will award numerous scholarships to deserving college students throughout the week.

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.

A tentative schedule of events follows:




SUNDAY, July 10

All day Cattle may begin arriving, set up stalls and move-in all day

MONDAY, July 11

8:00 a.m. Exhibitors Meeting – Large Arena Grandstand

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cattle Check-In - DEADLINE: 12:00 p.m. – Equine Arena

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Contest sign up: Team Sales, Team Fitting, Extemp. Speaking, Judging Contest, Quiz Bowl – North Hall

Turn in: Posters, Scrapbooks, Silent Auction Items – North Hall

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hospitality Open – Sale Arena

11:00 a.m. Queens Luncheon – TBD

12:00 Noon Advisors Meeting – Classroom B (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

12:00 Noon Cattle Check-In Deadline & Contest Sign-up Deadline

1:00 p.m. Cook-off Information Meeting – Region 6 Lobby (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

12:15 p.m. Check-In and Weigh Carcass Steers – Equine Arena

2:00 p.m. Fitting Clinic – Kirk Stierwalt sponsored by Purina Mills – Equine Arena

3:30 p.m. Candidate/Delegate Meeting – Region 6 Lobby (Main Hall 2nd Floor

3:30 p.m. Coloring Session (Youth Age 9 and under) – Classrooms (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

3:30 p.m. Mentoring Mixer – Main Hall (1st Floor)

4:45 p.m. State Line-up and Picture – Large Arena

5:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies – Large Arena

7:30 p.m. Banana Splits- TBA

TUESDAY, July 12

7:00 a.m. Angus Foundation Golf Tournament – TBA

7:00 a.m. Load carcass steers to transfer to processing plant for data collection.

7:30 a.m. Prepared Public Speaking Contest – Classrooms (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

7:30 a.m. Career Development Contest – Classroom (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

8:00 a.m. Judge Scrapbooks & Posters – North Hall

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hospitality Open – Sale Arena

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Trade Show Open – North Hall

10:30 a.m. Cattle Judging Contest – Equine Arena

1:00 p.m. Cook-Off Contest – Classrooms (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting of the NJAA – Sheraton Hotel


6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Trade Show and Silent Auction Open – North Hall

8:00 a.m. Begin Show – Large Arena

Bred & Owned Heifers

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hospitality Open – North Hall

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

12:00 noon Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Prep Time – Region 6 Lobby (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

12:30 p.m. Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Speeches – Classrooms (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

2:30 p.m. Team Sales Competition – Equine Arena

4:30 p.m. American Angus Auxiliary Social – VIP Lounge (2nd Floor)

5:00 p.m. American Angus Auxiliary Meeting – VIP Lounge (2nd Floor)

6:00 p.m. Quiz Bowl Written Test – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)


6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – North Hall

8:00 a.m. Resume Show –Large Arena


Bred-and-Owned Cow-Calf Pairs

Owned Cow-Calf Pairs

Bred-and-Owned Bulls

Bred & Owned Best Five Head

9:00 a.m. Post Quiz Bowl Final Round Qualifiers – Outside Show Office

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Showmanship Check-in – Show Office

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hospitality Open – Sale Arena

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch - Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

1:30 p.m. Showmanship Orientation and Photo Session – Large Arena

Showmanship Preliminaries immediately following photos – Large Arena

4:00 p.m. Team Fitting Contest – Equine Arena

5:00 p.m. Quiz Bowl Finals – Region 6 Lobby / Classrooms (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

FRIDAY, July 15 –

6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

8:00 a.m. Trade Show and Silent Auction opens –North Hall

8:00 a.m. Resume Show – Large Arena

Owned Heifers (Hfr Calf Div 1, 2, & 3 Champ. Lt & Erly Inter. Champ., & Jr. Yrlg Div 1& 2 Champ.)

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hospitality Open – Sale Arena

11:00 a.m. Presentation of Advisor of the Year Award & Honorary Angus Foundation Awards – Large Arena

11:30 a.m. Lunch - Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

12:00 p.m. NJAS Mentoring Program Autograph Books Due – Show Office

4:30 p.m. NJAA Elections – Region 6 Lobby (Main Hall 2nd Floor)

5:00 p.m. Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. NJAA Awards Program – Large Arena

Presentation of the Following Awards:

All NJAA Contests; Gold Awards; Crystal Award; Auxiliary, CAB/NJAA, Angus Foundation Scholarships; Introduction of New NJAA Officers and Directors

9:00 p.m. – midnight Junior & adult social/dance – Banquet Hall and VIP Lounge (2nd Floor)


6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – Banquet Hall (2nd Floor)

7:00 a.m. NJAA Board Meeting – Show Office

8:00 a.m. Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – North Hall

8:00 a.m. Showmanship Finals and Awards Presentation – Large Arena

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Hospitality Open – Sale Arena

9:30 a.m. Resume Show – Large Arena

Remainder of Owned Heifers (Jr. Yearling Div. 3, 4, 5 & 6 Champions, Sr. Champion, Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion) Owned Best 5 Head, Announce Premier Breeders, Sweepstakes Winners and Auxiliary Silver Pitcher Presentations

10:00 a.m. Close Silent Auction –North Hall

12:00 noon Close Trade Show –North Hall

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