By P.J. GRIEKSPOOR
A total of 678 4-H and FFA members have entered 1,424 head of livestock in this year's 78th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show which begins Friday and runs through next Monday at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita.
The show entries include 134 market steers, 295 breeding heifers, 352 market hogs, 247 market lambs, 49 purebred ewes, 158 commercial ewes and 189 meat goats.
At the end of the show, the grand champion and reserve champion animals of each species will be auctioned at the Beefeater Barbecue, which will be held prior to the auction.
Tickets to the barbecue are $60 per persn and can be purchased in advanced by calling Cheryl Smith at 316-978-9509.
The barbecue helps fund annual scholarships, which will be awarded just before the auction begins. This year, KJLS will present scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA.
A showmanship contest is also part of the event. The top showman in both the junior and senior divisions in each species will receive a silver belt buckle.
A club calf show and sale will be held Sept. 25. Sale proceeds will go toward KJLA/Kansas Livestock Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarships. KJLA is the youth arm of the Kansas Livestock Association
KJLS is sponsored by KLA, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. In addition to these groups, hundreds of volunteers from across the state help organize and put on the show.