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4H & FFA Market Animal Show

Date: May 03 - May 05, 2018
Augusta Expo - 540-337-2552
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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

4 pm-8 pm: Weighing and grading (steers, lambs, and hogs)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

8 am: Exhibitor’s meeting – Show ring

9 am: Opening ceremony

Sponsors’ Messages:

Representative of District Gov., Woodrow Wilson Dist. Ruritan’s

Representative of Greater Augusta Reg. Chamber of Commerce

Representative of Staunton Rotary Club

Representative of Staunton/Augusta Rotary Club

Show Dedication

Following ceremony Judging Lambs

Friday, May 4th, 2018

8 am: Judging hogs

30 minute break

Following Break: Judging Steers

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

8 am: Buyer registration opens

10 am: Sale – David Shiflett, MAS Chairman

Sale of all livestock

Sale order: Steers, hogs, lambs

How it all began:

The hallmark of what is known today as the Augusta County 4-H & FFA Market Animal Show and Sale began at the Staunton Union Stockyard, but now is held at Augusta Expo. In those days, the show was referred to as the Baby Beef Show. Exhibitors experimented with fattening cattle on grain for a short period of time so that their beef would be ready for market in less than two years from the date of birth.

In the 1950's the show's name was changed to the Fat Stock Show. At the Fat Stock Show, exhibitors were allowed to show sheep and hogs in addition to the fattened steers. The organizers of the event wanted to demonstrate to the agricultural community that it was practical to produce animals and that there were advantages to good breeding and feed rationing. In addition to the well-being and maintenance of the animals, they also wanted to help teach the exhibitors the proper way to handle and show their livestock. During the 70's, show organizers again changed the name of the event to the Market Animal Show. The show began to be held over a two-day period, with the sale starting on Thursday evening.

Local businesses along with the Chamber of Commerce and local Ruritan Clubs have been supporters of the show since its inception. Local Rotary Clubs and civic organizations have also shown their support for the show in recent years, helping to round out community support and involvement.
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