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Upcoming Virginia State Fair Junior and Open Market Hog Shows

Livestock Update, July 2004

Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist -- Swine, Tidewater, AREC

The State Fair Junior Market Hog Show offers an opportunity for youth swine exhibitors to expand their level of project participation beyond county or regional shows (see It also offers youngsters who do not have access to a local market hog show the opportunity to conduct a market hog project and exhibit their animals. Exhibitors that are not of 4-H or FFA age may opt for participation in the State Fair Open Market Hog Show, which is open to exhibitors of all ages. Specific advantages of participation in the State Fair Junior Market Hog Show include: 1) total prize monies of approximately $3000, 2) additional carcass evaluation prize monies of approximately $900, 3) opportunities to earn youth scholarship monies for post-secondary education costs, and 4) an excellent opportunity to visit with other youth and families involved in swine projects.

The State Fair Junior Market Hog Show is a competition. It should be recognized that participants will be striving to select and raise project pigs that have good potential to win their weight class or even overall show champion. But parents, project leaders, Cooperative Extension and FFA personnel should keep things in perspective. Emphasis should be placed on conducting a successful project, not just the end result at the exhibition. It is the daily care and management involved in rearing grower pigs up to market weight that teaches the animal husbandry skills and lessons in responsibility that are every bit as valuable as a championship banner. Virginia Cooperative Extension publication 414-001, Virginia 4-H Youth Market Hog Project Guide offers a comprehensive information resource for conducting youth market hog projects.

The following are some general rules and deadlines for the 2004 Virginia State Fair Youth and Open Market Hog Shows.

State Fair of Virginia Junior Market Hog Show - Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m.

State Fair of Virginia Open Market Hog Show - Saturday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m.

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