National Western Exhibitor Uses Fresh Ideas for Traditional Contest

Tradition is an important part of the National Western Stock Show, and this year marked the 85th year for one of its longest-standing, educational traditions – the Catch-A-Calf Program. Shane Dawson participated in the 2020 Catch-A-Calf (CAC) Contest, and after nine months of feeding, caring and preparing for the Contest, she and her calf reached their […]

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How Youth Programs Influenced One Exhibitor’s Life

Animal husbandry. Leadership. Public speaking. Compassion. Although these words might seem like a mismatched list at first glance, they are just a few of the traits that one young lady can attribute to her involvement in youth programs like 4-H and FFA. Catherine Stangl, Kingfisher, Okla., has been showing hogs competitively since she was just […]

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Success Breeds Success for South Dakota Teen

Hard work, the desire to learn and a family with roots in the livestock industry have helped Chesney Effling become successful both in and out of the show ring. She’s led numerous champions to the winner’s circle at shows across the United States and represented her FFA chapter and South Dakota in national competitions for both livestock […]

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California County Fair Offers Unique History and Opportunities

Summer is winding down, and school is kicking off, so here’s a pop quiz to get you to get back into classroom mode. What event lasts nearly 30 days every year and ends on July 4? Which county fair drew more than 1.5 million visitors this summer, making it the largest county fair in the […]

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Volunteer Gives Time and Talents to Make Fair a Better Experience

“To make the best better.” “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” These two mottos represent the 4-H and FFA youth organizations. For some, these are just words, but for the boys and girls who participate in the programs wholeheartedly, these words are engrained into their daily actions, and become […]

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