Area youth will have a chance to show off their animal and ag projects next week during the annual Anderson County Youth Livestock Show.
Check-in will start Sunday with the show officially kicking off on Monday. The show will culminate next Thursday, April 15 with the buyer’s barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and the premium auction sale at 7 p.m.
“There are over 200 kids from seven FFA chapters and seven 4-H clubs participating next week,” said Kristen Greer, Anderson County Extension Agent — 4-H & Youth Development.
This year, more classes have been added to the ag project competition.
“The livestock show teaches kids life skills,” Greer said. “It teaches them responsibility, work ethic and commitment to what they are doing. Some kids have worked for over a year on their animal projects every day. Exhibiting their animal is a way to show off the hard work they have put into it.”
The livestock show will be held at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center on U.S. 287 North.
Here is the full livestock show schedule:
• 1 to 5 p.m. — Check-in. All animals except broilers, rabbits and breeding goats; 5:30 p.m., official weigh-in of market animals; Order: Steers, lambs, goats, hogs.
• 7 to 9 a.m. — Check-in broilers
• 9 a.m. to noon — Check-in project show
• 10:30 a.m. — Broiler judging (non-placing broilers go home by 10 p.m. on the day of judging)
• 1 to 3 p.m. — Check-in market rabbits, breeding rabbits
• 1 p.m. — Commercial heifers interviews
• 1:30 p.m. — commercial heifer judging
• 4 p.m. — Breeding rabbit judging and market rabbit judging. Market rabbit pictures will be taken following rabbit judging). Non-placing rabbits must be removed from the show grounds at the conclusion of the judging.
• Not before 7 p.m. — Breeding Gilt Show. No showmanship for this class.