L. A. COUNTY FAIR ‘S JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AND AUCTION MOVES TO NOVEMBER TO BECOME ITS OWN EVENT
Pomona, CA--For the first time, the Los Angeles County Fair’s junior livestock judging contests and its companion auction, traditionally held during the annual county fair, will move to November and become a stand alone event. It is slated for November 11 through 15 and will be held in FairView Farms as a free event to the public.
But fairguests need not worry about any lack of animals at the upcoming Fair, which will run Sept. 5 through Oct. 4 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) as a multitude of livestock exhibitions and interactive displays will fill the five acre FairView Farms and the Big Red Barn.
According to Jill Roman, the Fair’s Attractions and Competitions Supervisor, “the priority of this event (the junior livestock competition and auction) has always been and will continue to be to support agricultural programming.” The move to separate dates will allow for an individual spotlight to be put on the hard work and endeavors of 4-H and FFA members, college students enrolled in livestock curriculum and other youth involved in raising animals as a small business enterprise. Market, showmanship and breeding classes previously held during the Fair will be presented during the new dates.
Arrival and weigh in of livestock will be on November 10 and 11, and judging begins on Thursday, November 12 at 9 a.m. and includes all market and feeder classes for swine, lambs, goats, calves and beef cattle, all of which culminate with the selection of Supreme Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for each species. Showmanship and breeding classes will also be held that day.
On Friday, November 13 at 11 a.m. large livestock skillathons for beef, sheep, goat and swine exhibitors will be held in which contestants are pitted against one another on subjects such as identification of meat cuts, recognizing and interpreting medication labels, anatomy , structural difference, hoof trimming and other tasks.
Master Showmanship contests for winners in each species showmanship classes held the previous day will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Fun and fashion will come together at 5 p.m. the same day in a series of contests including Thummer’s Costume Contest for ages 5 to 21 years showing off their creative swine couture, Mini Costume Contest for kids 5 to 8 years who want to dress up their animals, Lads and Lassies for sheep as well as contestant modeling their wool outfits and the National Beef Belles Lead which focuses on leather attire and accessories worn by the owner escorting their beef animal.
The Junior Livestock Auction will be held on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 11 a.m. in the FairView Farms Corral in which all gold ribbon animals eligible for sale will be sold to the highest bidder. The public is invited to bid on animals
Each year nearly 200 buyers including individuals as well as companies large
and small, service clubs, restaurants, grocery chains and several fair
concessionaires purchase animals for personal or commercial use. Individuals
often buy their meat supply for the year or retail businesses use the meat in a
variety of promotions, company parties or special events.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information on the Junior Livestock
Auction or registering as a buyer may call the Agriculture Department at 909-
865-4005. Those interested in submitting entries for the junior livestock shows have until October 16 to do so. Competition information is available at www.lacountyfair.com or by calling the Agriculture Department as well. There is no residency restriction.