Staff reports
Eleven Gardner and Spring Hill youths will hit the road this week to compete at the 78th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show. The show will take place Sept. 24-27 in Wichita.
Area youths participating in the show include Grady Allen, Logan Allen, Brett Goetzmann, Jenna Goetzmann, Ryan Goetzmann and Tyler Goetzmann, all of Gardner; and Taylor Harrison, Brenden Meek, Mallory Meek, Billy Slyter and Tonya Slyter, all of Spring Hill.
The teens will showcase their head of livestock with more than 600 4-H and FFA members at the show. According to a press release from the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, the 1,424 entries include 134 market steers, 352 market hogs and 35 breeding heifers. Johnson County boasts the largest number of steer and market lambs entered, with eight and 16 head, respectively.
The event will conclude with a sale of the grand champion steers, hogs, lambs and goats at the KJLS Auction of Champions at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Much of the money raised from the sale of the livestock go toward funding the college education of the young exhibitors, according to Scarlett Hagins, one of the organizers of the show.
Before the sale begins, KJLS will present a number of scholarships ranging in amounts from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who “have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA,” according to the press release.
Those who wish to help fund the scholarships and enjoy a hearty meal can grab a plate at the KJLS’s Beefeaters Barbecue, which takes place at the Sam Fulco Pavilion at the Kansas Coliseum before the auction. Tickets cost $60 and can be bought  at the door or by calling (316) 978-9509.
KJLS President George Teagarden said the show offers an opportunity for youths from across the state to compete with one another and show off their own livestock.
“KJLS is a great chance for our livestock-producing youth to participate at a higher level of competition and interact with others from throughout the state,” Teagarden said. “We invite individuals and businesses to help reward these hard-working young people by attending the Beefeaters Barbecue, participating in the sale or contributing to the scholarship fund.”
In addition to the livestock show itself, the Kansas Junior Livestock Association will sponsor a club calf show and sale during the event. That event will take place Sept. 25, with all proceeds going toward KJLA/Kansas Livestock Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarships.
For more information, visit the KJLS website at www.kjls.org.