Mountain States Beef Expo provides opportunity to showcase livestock
The Mountain States Beef Expo in Riverton March 14 and 15 will showcase more than 75 head of cattle--many of them future show winners--each day from across the region.
The eighth-annual event is at the Central Wyoming College Equine Center.
The show is open to the public. Past participants have come from Nebraska, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming.
"The quality of livestock that will be here rivals that of the National Western Stock Show. You won't see any better," said Alex Malcolm, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service 4-H/youth educator in Fremont County. "This is where you will see the champions of this year's county and state fair beef shows. The show provides an opportunity to work with your cattle, show off your cattle's genetics and have a good time in meeting other people from across the Western states."
Each day, the grand champion steer will be awarded $1,000, the reserve champion steer $250, the grand champion heifer $500, and the reserve champion heifer $100. There will also be added money awarded to the Fremont County Show participants.
Events start with cattle weigh-in and hip height at 8 a.m., the first day and at 7 a.m., the second day. An entry fee of $25 per head will be taken during check-in.
"The heated indoor arena and wash racks have been an added asset to the success of this show," said Kent Haun, a Mountain States Beef Expo board member. "The facilities and the school have been very good to work with. People are coming to this show to see how they stack up against better competition."
Each year, Wells Fargo Bank awards a $1,000 scholarship to a Wyoming student participating in the expo who is a graduating senior and who plans to attend a junior college or university. Applications will be available at the expo.
For more information, contact event organizers Haun at 307-856-4030, Mike Fabrizius at 307-857-3081, or Jerry Weliever at 307-856-0541.