The 81st annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) will be a big event this year, with 795 youths from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years, and several youths from Miami County are participating.
The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Friday through Monday at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita, according to a news release.
The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold during the KJLS Auction of Champions, which will take place at 7 p.m. Monday. The public is welcome and encouraged to support the event by bidding on livestock in the live auction. Participants typically use the money earned from selling these animals to help fund their college educations and purchase next year’s livestock projects, according to the release.
Prior to the premium sale, KJLS will present a number of scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. This is the 20th year for the scholarship program, which has awarded a total of $328,100 to 256 KJLS exhibitors since 1993.
Last year, a total of $23,000 was awarded to 13 exhibitors. The scholarship program is funded primarily through private contributions and income generated by the Beefeaters Barbecue held in the Sam Fulco Pavilion prior to the auction. Tickets to the barbecue, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, are $65 and can be purchased at the door that evening or in advance by calling Cheryl Smith at (316) 390-0285.
Separate from the selection of species champions, a showmanship contest will be held. The top showman in both the junior and senior divisions of each species will receive a silver belt buckle. Prizes also will be awarded for second through fifth place in each division, according to the release.
The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) will sponsor a club calf show and sale during KJLS. Steer and heifer prospects from some of the top club calf producers in the Midwest will be consigned. The event will take place Saturday. Sale proceeds will go toward KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships.
The Mid-America Classic Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest also will be held in conjunction with KJLS. More than 300 students representing 20 junior and senior colleges from across the U.S. will be participating Saturday.
The 20 local youths who will be participating in the show are: Krista Haley, Katlyn Hendrickson, Kody Hendrickson, Kyle Hendrickson and Bell Worrell, all of Paola; Dalton Hilt of Louisburg; Mercedes Smith, Devon Wilson, Laudan Wilson, Logan Wilson and Grace Young, all of Osawatomie; Addison Bruns and Levi Bruns of Spring Hill; Matt Jenkins and Blair Vohs of Bucyrus; Emma Chambers, Sam Chambers and Ted Chambers, all of La Cygne; and Kara Cutshaw and Kylie Cutshaw of Blue Mound.