Jr. Livestock Show Opens This Week
The 39th Annual Lee County Junior Livestock Show opens this week with many entries arriving on Wednesday. Judging of some of the entries will start Thursday, including Broilers, Market Rabbits and Breeding Rabbits. The Commercial Market Heifer judging will also take place on Thursday, along with the Junior Breeding Heifer Show.
Market Swine judging starts at 8 a.m. on Friday, followed by Market Lamb judging at 2 p. m.; Market Goat judging at 3:30 p.m. and the Steer Show at 6 p.m.
Saturday is the big day at the Jr. Livestock Show. It starts with the Pee Wee Swine Showmanship event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. The Buyer’s Get-Together will begin at 11:30 and the Sale will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Last year’s sale raised $354,765, which beat the 2009 sale by more than $ 18,000. Lexington exhibitor Henry Heller, son of Russell and Shannon Heller and the grandson of Charles and Sharon Heller and Doug and Susie Freeman, all from Lexington, had the Grand Champion Steer, which sold for $10,000 last year. Henry, along with many students from Lexington, is expected to show a Steer and a Hog again this year.
According to the Lee County Extension Office, there are 168 4H participants in this year’s show, with 261 entries.