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Ellis Co. exhibitors ready for show

Published on -9/12/2013, 11:27 AM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

The 81st annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show, scheduled for Sept. 20 to 23 in Wichita, expects 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals -- the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years. The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids.

From Ellis County, Gorham's Abigail Dickinson and Kirk and Kristin Huser, both from Victoria, are scheduled to exhibit cattle and sheep.

The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold at the KJLS Auction of Champions, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.

The public is encouraged to support the event by bidding on livestock in the live auction. Participants typically use the money earned from selling these animals to help fund college educations and purchase next year's livestock projects.

Prior to the premium sale, KJLS will present a number of scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H or FFA. This is the 20th year for the scholarship program, which has awarded $328,100 to 256 KJLS exhibitors since 1993. The scholarship program is funded primarily through private contributions and income generated by the Beefeaters Barbecue, set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at the door that evening or in advance by calling (316) 390-0285.

"This traditional event for Kansas youth has a large number of faithful and very generous supporters," said KJLS President Brian Creager, Emporia. "It is a great way for businesses and individuals to reward young people for their hard work and help them meet their educational goals."

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