COOPERSTOWN — The 72nd annual Junior Livestock Show will be held Sunday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 9. The event will bring together livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region.

According to a media release, more than 250 youth handlers and 600 animals will fill the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds on County Highway 33 in Cooperstown. The skills of junior animal handlers ages eight to 18 will be tested.

Sponsored by The Farmers’ Museum, admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The show will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday with a chicken barbecue for the public and show exhibitors for $10 per person. At 7:30 p.m., a free ice cream social will be held for participants and the public.

Judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday for animals and showmanship classes. At 5 p.m., the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health will present a program on safe spaces on the farm. Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. for the best posters displayed in the visitor tent in the Farm Safety for Kids Poster Contest.

Judging will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday. At 3 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 will be provided by Leatherstocking Corporation. Food services will be provided by Cooperstown American Legion Post 579. The show is sponsored in part by Chobani, Rentals To Go, Stewart’s Shops and Clinton Tractor.

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