Year in and year out, the National Junior Angus Show is one of the year's most anticipated cattle events and this year's show in Tulsa, Okla. is expected to be one for the record books.
This year, almost 1,800 head of Angus cattle are entered to complete in the show July 13-18 and more than 750 junior livestock cattlemen from 36 states will be showing those Angus cattle.
“We are thrilled with the numbers for this year’s NJAS and cannot wait for the juniors and their families to arrive in Tulsa,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association director of events and education. “Our junior nationals is known as one of the largest junior-breed beef shows in the country, and this year will be no exception.”
With the size of this year’s show, Tulsa is measuring up to the reputation created the last time the National Junior Angus Association gathered there. In 2007, Oklahoma was the NJAS host state, and much like this year, numbers were record breaking.
But the success of the week goes well beyond the showring. Through various contests and activities, participants, families and attendees learn about leadership, livestock and life. Speaking contests, quiz bowl, livestock judging, the All-American Certified Angus Beef Cook-Off and many other competitions will take place over the course of the week.
This year’s theme, “Angus Leading The Way,” is a perfect representation of how juniors are working to continue the legacy of the Angus breed.
“The National Junior Angus Show is an event that connects youth and adult members, and reminds us how lucky we are to have dedicated junior members who will someday lead our breed into the future,” Upperman says.
Even those Angus fans who can't make it to Tulsa will have an opportunity to follow the show. Walton Webcasting LLC, along with the Angus Media team, will be providing a live feed of the show ring throughout the week. You can access the live show online at njas.info.
Also, plan to tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27, on RFD-TV.