The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is the highlight of the summer for many Angus families, and in 2017 the big event takes place July 9-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. While the cattle shows are the main attraction, the week also includes the showmanship competition, junior activities and a variety of life-skills contests.
“The National Junior Angus Show is an exciting event for Angus youth and their families across the country,” says Jaclyn Clark, events and education director for the American Angus Association. “It is more than just a traditional cattle show. It’s an event that challenges youth to build life skills and develop long-lasting relationships.”
Sponsored by the Iowa Junior Angus Association, the NJAS is themed “Winning with the Angus Team!” The week long event kicks off with the Parade of States during the Opening Ceremonies at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Iowa has hosted the show as recently as 2008, and is excited to make this event a fun-filled and educational week for junior Angus enthusiasts from across the country, as well as their families.
NJAS Cattle Shows
More than 1,200 head of cattle are expected to compete in the showring at the 2017 NJAS in Iowa. The classes offered will provide opportunities for juniors to exhibit their owned heifers, bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, steers, and bred-and-owned bulls.
Additional events will include the National Showmanship Contest, NJAS Carcass Steer Contest, cook-off contests, and educational contests that include: prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, career development, graphic design, writing, photography, livestock judging, and video and poster competitions. Stay tuned to the NJAA website for contest and entry deadlines.