NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Youth Livestock Shows to Begin Sept. 11

The Western NC Youth Livestock Expo is slated to begin Sept. 11 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Youth still have a few days to register to show at the N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Show, which will be spread out over the planned 10 days of the fair.

  • This should have been the week leading up to the start of the Mountain State Fair, but I am happy to report, it STILL IS the week leading up to the start of the WNC Youth Livestock Shows at the WNC Ag Center.
  • I am proud that agriculture remains the heart of both the Mountain State Fair and the N.C. State Fair.
  • Young people have been working hard all summer, preparing their animals for the show ring. It something they are deeply proud of and for good reason.
  • Kids can learn so much tending to and caring for livestock. It teaches responsibility, compassion, problem solving and even teamwork.
  • It is an invaluable experience for these youngsters. For some, it may even be the first time they have worked with a farm animal.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for nearly 68 percent of total farm gate revenue, so it is important to North Carolina’s ag economy.
  • It was important to us to be able to hold youth shows. A lot of people have worked very hard to come up with a plan that allows for recommended social distancing and still lets kids compete.
  • 11-20, we will be holding junior livestock shows at the WNC Ag Center. These shows will be spread out to help minimize contact between one another.
  • The lineup will be:
    • Junior dairy goat shows, Sept. 12
    • Junior beef cattle, Sept 12 & 13
    • Junior sheep shows – Market lambs, ewes and meat breed ewe, Sept. 12 & 13; and junior wool breeds, Sept. 19
    • Junior swine shows, Sept. 18
    • Junior meat goats, Sept. 18 & 19
    • Youth poultry shows, Sept. 18 & 19
    • Open junior dairy shows, Sept. 19 & 20
  • We have had a lot of great sponsors signed on to support our youth and we are incredibly appreciative that they have stepped up for our youth.
  • There is still time for youth competitors to sign up for the Junior Livestock Shows at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Oct. 15-25. The deadline is Sept. 15.
  • That show will also use the full run of what would have been the fair to accommodate social distancing.
  • You can find out more online at ncstatefair.org and click on the 2020 Livestock Show link.