Plans are nearly complete for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's Junior Livestock Show, to be held Saturday, June 20 at the farm of Danny and Julie Vaughn, behind J.D. Vaughn's, off Highway H, north of Monett, between Fritz Implement and Boucher's Plant Farm.
This will be the second year for the show at the Vaughns' arena. Exhibitors can begin unloading at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The beef and swine show will begin at 9 a.m. The goat and sheep shows are scheduled to start at 10 a.m., followed by the dairy show at 11 a.m.
There will be a central tent where exhibitors can pen their animals. The sheep, goat and swine shows will take place in a smaller arena located west of the big tent. Beef and dairy shows will be held in the main arena west of the show area for swine, sheep and goats.
Suzy McElmurry, executive director for the Chamber, said efforts are being made to improve upon last year's show. A better seating arrangement for spectators in the swine, sheep and goat shows is planned, as well as more amplification for announcements to update the crowd on the show's progress. There will be a general announcer.
As of yesterday, there had been pre-registration for 62 head of cattle for the beef show, 29 in the dairy show, 15 in the swine show, 10 goats and nine sheep. Based on phone calls to the Chamber office on Monday, significant increases in the number of goats and sheep are still expected.
The show is open to any young person in southwest Missouri, regardless of county. Registration to exhibit animals can be made on the day of the show, McElmurry said. Advance registration is recommended. Information is available by calling the Chamber office at 235-7919.
Judges for this year's event will be Adam Owens for the beef cattle, Kristy Grimm for dairy, Jeremy Leister for swine, Tina Pankratz for goats and Dean Woody for sheep.
The Chamber's committee overseeing the show includes Randy Henderson, Danny Vaughn, David Young, Michelle Eckel, Tim Dimethoxy and Leonard McGee.
The Chamber will pay for premiums at the show. First place blue ribbons will pay $8 for beef and dairy, and $5 for sheeps, goats and swine. Red ribbons will pay $5 for beef and dairy and $4 for sheep and goats.
The Chamber will be awarding director's chairs, created by Shepherd's Embroidery, to the showmanship winners.
Sarah Hohensee will sing the National Anthem to begin the day's festivities. The Monett FFA will staff the concession stand.
Parking for exhibitors will be away from the show tents. Traffic will either be directed north of the show area or back into the Vaughn's parking lot. Someone will be in place to direct traffic, McElmurry said.