HARRISONBURG—Organizers of youth livestock events formerly held at the State Fair of Virginia say the show will go on this fall.
Virginia Cooperative Extension officials announced April 4 that most of the youth livestock events formerly held at the state fair will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Oct. 11-14. All beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats will be exhibited at the Harrisonburg venue, while dairy animals will be exhibited at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
The Virginia Junior Livestock Expo will serve as the culminating activity for 4-H and FFA youth livestock projects.
“This is great news for Virginia youth who show livestock,” said Wayne F. Pryor, president of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest agricultural organization. “Virginia has a long history of youth livestock programs, and those have been an important component of the state fair. I am thrilled that events are being planned to showcase the work of these young participants.”
In 2011, 445 youth exhibited more than 940 animals during the state fair.
Rockingham County is Virginia’s leading agricultural county, and the 81,000-square-foot Rockingham fairgrounds features five barns, two show rings, parking for more than 6,000 vehicles and an on-site campground for exhibitors.
Virginia Junior Livestock Expo details and entry forms will be posted on the Virginia Cooperative Extension website at ext.vt.edu as they become available.