Members of the local 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs have been waiting for this weekend since early October.
Now, their chance to show off their animal — and perhaps earn some awards — is here.
Preliminary events in the annual Pontotoc County Jr. Livestock Show began Monday night and will continue this evening. Steers will be weighed at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex and Convention Center, and swine will be placed and weighed starting at 9.
The swine show will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a beef show at 5 p.m. Sheep and goats will be weighed at 7 p.m.
Friday’s schedule includes a sheep show at 10 a.m., with a goat show starting 30 minutes after the sheep show ends.
Activities will continue Saturday with a fitting contest for beef cattle at noon and a barbecue dinner at 4 p.m. The lamb lead competition will start at 4:15 p.m., and the premium sale will begin at 5.
The lamb lead contest showcases contestants’ knowledge of sheep and wool, and the premium sale offers businesses a chance to show their support for various projects.
The show is open to all 4-H and FFA members who meet their organization’s age and membership guidelines. Exhibitors must live or attend school in Pontotoc County to participate and they must be in good academic standing.
The show usually draws about 100 exhibitors, said Todd Ray, president of the Pontotoc County Fair Board. He said the exhibitors started showing their animals in the fall and raised them all winter long in preparation for the show.
“This show is the end of the road for a lot of them,” he said, adding that some exhibitors will go on to show their animals at the state competition.