Madison, Wisconsin, to Host 50th NJAS
By Jena McRell | Angus Media
The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) will celebrate a major milestone in 2018, as it hosts the 50th NJAS in Madison, Wis. The annual event is a summer highlight for many Angus juniors and their families, and the American Angus Association is proud of the young leaders it has encouraged over the past five decades.
The 50th NJAS will take place July 7-13, 2018, at the Alliant Energy Center.
“We are thrilled that the National Junior Angus Show will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Madison, Wisconsin,” said Deb Archer, Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “This is the nation’s largest beef breed association with a large membership throughout North America. Our sales team worked hard to bring this group to Dane County and the Alliant Energy Center, and we plan to roll out the red carpet to this group in the summer of 2018.”
NJAS participants will notice a change in the schedule, which begins on Saturday and ends on Friday. While the cattle shows are the main attraction, the week also includes the showmanship competition, junior activities and a variety of life-skills contests.
“Wisconsin will be a fantastic location as we bring together Angus juniors and their families to showcase the best the Angus breed has to offer — fantastic cattle and young leaders,” says Jaclyn Clark, events and education director for the American Angus Association.
Sponsored by both the Illinois and Wisconsin Junior Angus associations, the NJAS is themed “Livin’ the Dream in 2018!”
NJAS Cattle Shows
More than 1,200 head of cattle are expected to compete in the showring at the 2018 NJAS in Wisconsin. 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.