The 55th Keystone International Livestock Expo gets underway tomorrow and runs through Oct. 9 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. It's the largest livestock show on the East Coast, reports Pennsylvania Ag Secretary George Greig.
This year's competition will fill the show rings with 1,100 beef cattle, 500 horses, 1,000 sheep and 950 swine coming from 32 states. Youth will compete in the Collegiate and Junior Livestock Judging contest and Keystone Stockman's Contest. Involvement from youth participants is a key part of the show's success. Nearly half of the exhibitors are under the age of 21.
The seven-day event is filled with a variety of livestock shows, sales and contests. You'll find most of them listed on page 28 of October's American Agriculturist issue. They include:
Five horse breed shows plus the North American All-Breeds 6-Horse Hitch Classic Series Show.
Twenty-seven cattle shows featuring 14 breeds, 28 sheep shows with 14 breeds, and 11 swine shows with nine breeds.
Twelve animal sales are also planned.
That doesn't include a host of agri-entertainment events such as:
The Bell & Evans "Gold Wing" and Weaver's Best Bologna contests on Friday, Oct. 7.
The Keystone Classic Barbeque Contest is slated for Saturday, Oct. 8.
The Bell & Evans "Best Legs in Town" people's choice barbeque contest is also on Saturday.
Keystone Lead Line will be held Saturday, Oct. 8.
Agri-Kid Olympics and the Power Pedal Pull also are held that Saturday.And, the fifth annual Youth Beef Benefit Auction will offer its proceeds to the Beef Scholarship program, providing two beef youth with $1,000 and $500 scholarships on that day.