Several students from Gardner and Spring Hill joined youth from 91 Kansas counties entering 1,764 animals in the 80th Kansas Junior Livestock Show. The show, set for Sept. 21-24, will host the largest number of livestock entered in the last 25 years.
Local entrants include Grady Allen, Logan Allen, Tate Allen, Brett Goetzmann, Jenna Goetzmann, Ryan Goetzmann, Tyler Goetzmann, and Emma Hueser of Gardner; and Barrett Dupree, Brandon Dupree, Taylor Harrison, Brenden Meek, Mallory Meek, Ben Slyter and Tonya Slyter of Spring Hill.
A total of 750 exhibitors plan to bring 147 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 305 market hogs, 101 breeding gilts, 300 market lambs, 70 purebred ewes, 191 commercial ewes, 231 meat goats and 90 commercial doe kids to the show. The statewide event will be at the Kansas Pavilions near Wichita.
The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold during the KJLS Auction of Champions at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.  The public is welcome and encouraged to support the event by bidding on livestock in the live auction. In many cases, exhibitors of the winning animals use the money earned from the auction to help fund their college educations and buy next year’s livestock projects.
Prior to the premium sale, KJLS will present a number of scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. A total of $305,100 in scholarships has been presented to 243 KJLS exhibitors since the program’s inception in 1993. Last year, a total of $21,500 was awarded to 11 exhibitors.
“The responsibility of preparing for and showing at this event provides a great learning experience for Kansas youth,” said KJLS President Ed Frey of Wichita.
Separate from the selection of species champions, a showmanship contest will be held. The top showman in both the junior and senior divisions of each species will receive a silver belt buckle. Prizes also will be awarded for second through fifth place in each division.