Southwest youth swine enthusiasts are preparing for the third-annual National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) Southwest Regional, at the Comanche County Fairgrounds, in Lawton, OK, Sept. 20 to 22.

The Southwest Regional will consist of a purebred gilt show, a showmanship contest and a judging contest. Points will be awarded to participants in the gilt show, showmanship contest and judging contest. These points will be contributed to a sweepstakes contest where awards will be given to the top five contestants in each age division. The age divisions are as follows: novice (8 and under); junior (9 to 12); intermediate (13 to 16) and senior (17 to 21).

All junior gilts must be in place by 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20. Registration and check-in will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday. The showmanship contest will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration for the judging contests will take place from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The judging contest will follow on Saturday, at 1 p.m. The judging contest awards will be presented at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Barnyard Olympics will take place for all exhibitors. Dave Walter, Warren, IN, will be evaluating the showmanship contest and gilt show.

A breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 22. Ray Perryman, from Short Round Ministries, will present a short service, at 8:30 a.m. The purebred gilt show will begin at 10 a.m. After the show, awards will be presented to the sweepstakes winners.

Everyone is invited to attend and participate in the NJSA Southwest Regional. Pre-registration is required for all gilt show entries. Entries are due Aug. 30, at the NSR office. Pre-registration is not required for the judging contests, so all interested youths are welcome to come out to the Comanche County Fairgrounds and participate in this event. All participants not entered in the gilt show will be required to pay a $5 entry fee at registration.

For more information, contact Jennifer Shike, NSR director of junior activities, at 765-463-3594 or 217-485-5315. Information is also available on the NSR Website,

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