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Western Junior wraps up week with popular sale
F.Ganje - October 6, 2017

RAPID CITY, SD – It’s been a week of kids and exhibits, workshops and show rings and it’s about to all wrap up this Saturday as the 80th Western Junior Livestock Show and Western Family Consumer and Science Show.

Held October 4-7, 2017 at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, long-time volunteer Marv Williams has his own ideas as to why one of the country’s longest running 4-H shows and sales is still in the works after 80 years.

“I think it’s the volunteers who put it on,” he shares.  “Everything we do is on a volunteer basis.  We meet twice a year and put this show together.  And what better people to work with – to make something a success for – than our youth?”

The week also includes a tip of the hat to volunteers and supporters.  Among the honorees at this year’s show is the Lewis Insurance Agency, that according to Williams, “buys a tremendous amount of hogs every year.”  Also recognized is Margaret Nachtigall, the show’s treasurer and another long-time volunteer.  In the family and consumer science division, the show honored Kathy Reeves of Rapid City who has been involved in the 4-H program since 1985 – first, as a 4-H member herself. 

Friday’s goat show saw a record number of entries, says Williams.  “The goat show has really grown. That’s a project the smaller kids can get into.  A goat’s not apt to drag them all over like a calf does.” And overall, entries in all divisions and classes are up at this year’s show.  “Our numbers are up this year.  We’ve had a lot more entries than we’ve had for quite awhile.”

The livestock market sale that takes place Saturday, is the culmination of a year’s worth of work on a 4-Her’s part as their animals go through the sale ring.  Feeder heifer and steer calves and junior heifer calves sell at 2:00pm.  That’s followed by market swine, sheep, goats and live futurity sale. “Folks can buy quality hamburger, roast and steaks to put on their dinner tables,” observes Williams.  “There are volunteers ready to help folks make a purchase and we’ve got local processing plants ready to take delivery right there at the sale.”  

Williams reminds the public the sale is open to everyone and encourages people to consider buying from 4-H kids….for a number of reasons.  “After the 2.5 percent commission to Western Junior, the kids pocket the remainder,” he explains.  How does that help a youngster?  “Why, that money  buy books for college and other projects and needs,” shares Williams.

Western Junior week always means pulling long hours in the barns and in the office but Williams – and the dozens of other volunteers - wouldn’t have it any other way.



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