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Junior Shorthorn breeders are headed to Paradise

Junior Shorthorn enthusiasts will be headed to Shorthorn Paradise in Springfield, IL June 29 thru July 4 for the week extravaganza of the Shorthorn Junior National Show & Youth Conference. 430 juniors from 26 states plan to attend the event, bringing 819 animal entries with them.

These juniors will not only compete with their animals, but individuals will compete against others in their age division to show their creative talents in photography, poster, and arts contests, exercise their public speaking skills in the speech contest, test their industry knowledge in the herdsman quiz and show their skills in the show ring during the showmanship contest. Teams of juniors will come together to sizzle taste buds in the beef-cook-off contest, and present the best looking animal in the team fitting contest. States will also battle each other for top rank in categories of herdsmanship, booth displays, and scrapbooking. Not to forget the adults, there is an Adult Showmanship contest in which each state junior association nominates an adult to represent their state in a costume showmanship competition, providing entertainment for all ages.

The week will officially be kicked-off on Tuesday, June 30 at 7pm for opening ceremonies in which Shorthorn exhibitors will parade through the arena and be recognized for representing their state. A hypnotist will then entertain the group and juniors can get acquainted and meet other youth from different states. Pre-kick-off activities take place on Monday, June 29, with a showmanship clinic to polish up before the show and 'Barnyard Olympics' to spark a competitive spirit and get the fun started.

The week will also include the Funding the Future Dinner & Sale, the main fundraising event of the American Junior Shorthorn Association, on July 2 at 6 p.m., and the Banquet and Awards Presentation July 3 at 6 p.m. At the banquet, all contest winners will be announced, as well as the new Junior Board members, scholarship winners, and the Outstanding Junior Breeder. The event will be wrapped up on July 4 with the crowning of the 2009-10 National Shorthorn Lassie Queen and the Supreme Shorthorn Female.

For a complete list of activities, sponsors, contacts, and for daily highlights during the week of the event please visit www.shorthornjuniornational.com. Pack your bags for Shorthorn Paradise and attend this extravaganza.

The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.

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