By Caitlyn Brandt
As preparations begin for the 2018 National Junior Angus Show in Madison, Wisconsin, can you believe that 50 years ago, the first National Junior Angus Show was held in Columbia, Missouri? Since inception in 1969, the show has grown, changed and evolved in many ways. Just 103 head were shown at the first National Junior Angus Show and last year, record numbers were exhibited! Cow/Calf pairs, bulls, steers and carcass steers were added in the time since the show began. Plus, the show has traveled to 15 states and 22 cities across the nation.
To celebrate the monumental occasion, there will be several activities taking place throughout the week of the 2018 NJAS. The Events and Education Department would like to formally extend an invitation to the Opening Ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8th, the 50th Birthday Party at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9th, and the Closing Ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th. There will be no shortage of celebration at this year’s event.
In addition, a ‘museum’ dedicated to NJAS memorabilia collected over the past five decades will be showcased near the trade show. We’re seeking your help! Do you have something unique that you want to contribute to the museum? Already confirmed items include: past program catalogs, awards from early shows, slideshow of historical photos and footage, among other historical items. If you would like to participate, please contact the Events and Education Department for more information.
We would love to have you participate in this historical moment of reflection and celebration at the National Junior Angus Show! We hope to see you at the NJAS in Madison, Wisconsin, July 7-13.
Source: American Angus Association news release