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Premier National Junior Event starts Sept. 7

This one is for youth

More than $35,000 in prizes, gifts and a free country music concert await participants of 10th annual event

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Nearly 1000 young dairy enthusiasts will take center stage in the 10th annual Premier National Junior Events, the 4-day youth event to be held Sept. 7-10 during the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.

“For the past decade, this elite event has provided an opportunity for our youths to hone their dairy skills and knowledge,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Thanks to the support of volunteers and sponsors, the Premier National Junior Events continues to grow and help develop our future industry leaders.”

Exhibitors can compete in seven national breed shows, a national showmanship contest, and judging and junior management contests. Youth can also participate in a networking and career education event.

Junior exhibitors who attend the events’ opening ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m., are eligible for more than $35,000 in prizes, including seven show-aged calves donated by All-American breeders.

Other giveaways are Bonnie Mohr posters and anniversary glass ornaments to all participants; hand-painted ceramic pitchers; embroidered jackets and garment bags; boots; free set-up for professional photography; show and fitting supplies; free full-page advertisements from breed publications; dairy semen; and gift certificates, among many other items.

Class winners and champions will receive special 10th anniversary gifts; winners of best bred and owned receive decorative stars; grand and junior champions earn hand-painted showboxes; and reserve champions take home pewter star lamps.

Exhibitors get complimentary lunch on show day and a free pizza party on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Youths can also enjoy a free concert Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., featuring country music artist Greg Bates.

The All-American Dairy Show features 22 shows in six days in addition to the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show. Last year’s show featured nearly 2500 animals and more than 900 exhibitors from across the nation.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us.