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Premier National Junior Show Focuses on Dairy Industry’s Next Generation

Dairy youth will take center stage at the nation’s largest youth dairy competition later this month as the Premier National Junior Events gets underway as part of the All-American Dairy Show. The show runs September 16-21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

AJCA Director Corey Lutz  (third from left) will take the lead, joined by wife Bridgette and their family, for the Piedmont Jerseys Virtual Farm Tour, October 5 at World Dairy Expo. Photo: Heather Beard Photography

Activities for this year’s events, themed “Legends of the Fall,” include shows, socials, a talent show, an art contest, as well as judging, herd management, and farm management contests. These activities strike a balance between education and entertainment, providing a blend of experiences for youth ages eight to 21.

“There’s no better place to experience the best of the dairy industry while honing your skills in contests that test real-world dairy knowledge,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Whether you’re a student with an interest in the industry or an educator or volunteer looking for a unique experience for the kids in your charge, make the journey to the All-American and be a part of the Premier National Junior Events.”

“A Farm Divided” describes the two-breed make-up of the herd operated by Duane and Ronda Meier, with the assistance of four of their five children, Amanda, Dustin, Micah and Tony, who owns the Jerseys.  Photo: Rick McNary for Kansas Living  magazine

Premier National Junior Show late entry deadline is September 14. Online entries are closed, but hard-copy entries can still be submitted by mail, fax or in-person. Contact the show office at 717-787-2905 with questions.

“These kids are the future of our industry – they will be farmers, scientists, business owners, technicians, advocates and more,” said Pennsylvania Dairy and Allied Industries President Alan McCauley. “We give them tremendous opportunities here and now to give them the tools to lead the dairy industry into the future.”

Events include:

  • Premier National Junior Show check-in and welcome ice cream social – Saturday, noon to 4:00 PM
  • Legends of the Fall Youth Excellence Event featuring talent contest, sweepstakes giveaway and pizza party – Saturday, 6:00 PM
  • All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest – Monday,7:50 AM
  • Premier National Junior Shows – Monday, 8:00 AM
  • Premier National Junior Show Supreme Champion Pageant – Monday, 3 PM
  • 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging Forum – Tuesday, 9:00 AM
  • Junior Dairy Management Contest – Tuesday, 9:00 AM
  • Premier National Junior Show Art Contest – displayed in the Dairy Activities Center. Entries due at show check-in.
  • Youth Showmanship Contest – Sunday at 9:30 AM. Register for this event Saturday, September 16, from 4:30-6:00 PM . or Sunday, September 17, from 7:30-8:30 AM.

Contact the show office at [email protected] or call 717-787-2905 for more information and to be a part of the 54th All-American.

Visit the newly-revamped All American website to find more details about the All-American Dairy Show. The event features 22 shows in six days in addition to the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show. Last year’s show featured nearly 3,000 animals and 1,500 exhibitors from around the country.

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