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Special to The News-Courier—
MUNDAY—Youngsters are busy making final plans about their projects and animals and doing studying about the livestock industry for the Knox County Junior Livestock Stock Show and Project Fair, scheduled to be held here Jan. 17-18 at the Munday Event Center.
The annual event is a collaborative effort of the Knox County Junior Livestock Association, the FFA organizations at the county schools, the Knox County 4-H Club and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Knox County.
Organizers will be adding yet another component for the weekend, the first annual livestock skillathon contest at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17.
A project show was added last year to help encourage more participation from a broader group of youth.
The skillathon is an opportunity for youth to showcase their knowledge of the livestock industry as a whole. The kids will identify 10 breeds of livestock, 10 feedstuffs, and 10 pieces of equipment. They will also judge a class of meat, wool and hay. A quiz over medicine labels and feed tags will also be a part of the contest.
“As expectations about our national food system evolve, it is important that young people involved in agriculture stay sharp in the area of livestock production,” said Jerry Coplen. “This contest is a great opportunity to do just that.”
There will be three age categories—junior, intermediate and senior. The top three in each age division will receive significant cash prizes. The contest is open to any youth in Knox County that are enrolled in 4-H or FFA. Participants do not have to have an entry in the livestock or project shows to be eligible for the contest.
All items entered in the project show must be checked in by 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 with the leader assigned to that division—Clover kids K-2nd, Junior 3rd-8th grade and senior 9th-12th. The overall winning entries in the junior and senior divisions will be auctioned off at the premium sale.