farmers_logo1.gifCooperstown, N.Y. - The Junior Livestock Show, a summer tradition in Central New York, takes place Sunday, July 8 through Tuesday, July 10, 2012.  This three-day event brings together the area's best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region.  More than 250 youth handlers and 750 animals will fill the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds located on County Highway 33 in Cooperstown for what is truly a celebration of youth in agriculture. Sponsored by The Farmers' Museum, admission to the show is free and the public is welcome to attend. The event tests the skills of youth handlers ages eight to eighteen who presentanimals (dairy cows, beef, swine, dairy goats, and sheep of various breeds)that they own, care for, and have prepared for competition. Since 1947, TheFarmers' Museum has collaborated with the Cooperative Extension's 4-H program to produce the show, which is the second largest youth competition in New York State. "The Junior Livestock Show is where the ideals of 4-H are put into practice and you can see the future of farming," says Vice President for Education Garet Livermore.  "The show is a culmination of months and months of hard work by the youth exhibitors raising and caring for their animals.  The feeling of camaraderie at the show is contagious."  The Junior Livestock Show begins Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. with a chicken barbecue for the public and show exhibitors. The cost for the barbecue dinner is $8.00 per person. Then join us at 7:30 p.m. for an ice cream social, open to participants and the general public free of charge. On Monday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m., judging begins for animals and showmanship classes, which test the handler's ability to present their fit and well-groomed animals in the way that best shows off their conformation. At 5:00 p.m. the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health leads a discussion on power take-off safety. Prizes are awarded at 6:00 p.m. for the best posters displayed in the visitor tent in the 23rd annual Farm Safety for Kidz Poster Contest. On Tuesday, July 10, judging begins at 9:00 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., the Grand Champions in the dairy, beef, dairy goat, sheep, and swine divisions will join the winners of the F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Trophy, The Farmers' Museum Cup, and The Farmers' Museum Dairy Goat Cup in a Parade of Champions. The Junior Livestock Show is conducted in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension County 4-H educators and clubs throughout central New York.  On-site services are provided by the Leatherstocking Corporation.  Food services are provided by the Cooperstown American Legion Post 579.  The show is sponsored in part by NBT Bank and Stewart's Shops.  Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.

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About The Farmers' Museum As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org