Annual Canadian Junior Angus Show at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere

Last year, Showdown 2018 took place in Barrie, Ontario; so perhaps it is only fitting that Showdown 2019, the 20th Annual Canadian Junior Angus Show, will be taking place right here in Barriere at the North Thompson Agriplex this weekend. The event starts on Thursday afternoon and runs right through Saturday.

The annual national Canadian Junior Angus show, Showdown, began in 2000 as an outlet for juniors from across the nation to gather in one location to exhibit their Angus cattle in conformation divisions. There have been many different activities and contests added over the years. Currently there is print marketing, sales talk, judging, team judging, team grooming, photography, literature, art, scrapbooking, graphic design, farm sign, public speaking, Angus cook-off, Spirit of Angus youth and grand aggregate on the agenda.

The Canadian Junior Angus (CJA) was established in 1999 as a junior organization to the Canadian Angus Association. The juniors are all under the ages of 21. The organization provides many opportunities for youth to grow their cattle herd and meet other enthusiast Angus breeders. The CJA hosts two large events annually, the Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) Conference and Showdown.

The CJA Foundation provides travel and trucking bursaries to attend Showdown as well as significant scholarships and cash prizes for the Aggregate winners. All exhibitors are also automatically entered into a draw to win vouchers towards the purchase of Angus females, one for $3000 and two for $2000.

Events will be running this Thursday through Saturday at the Agriplex and the public is welcome to attend and see what this great event is all about. Here are some of the events you may be interested in: • Thursday, July 18 – 1:30 pm Judging, 2 pm Team Grooming • Friday, July 19 – 9 am showmanship, 11- 4 print marketing, 12 noon public speaking, 1- 4 sales talk, 2:30 pm Team Judging • Saturday, July 20 – 9 am Conformation classes

The CJA is governed by a board of directors that are responsible to plan and execute the various Angus events throughout the year. Members must be under the age of 21, and membership is available to an individual, partnership or incorporated company.

The CJA also offers many different scholarships that juniors can apply for through the Canadian Angus Foundation. The Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research and historical preservation.

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