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Colorado Dairy Youth Extravaganza

Bill Jackson
Greeley, Colo.

The 2010 Colorado Dairy Youth Extravaganza starts Sunday, June 6 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo., and will continue through Tuesday, June 8.

The ninth annual show will probably be the largest dairy show in the state, surpassing the show at the Colorado State Fair, said Keith Maxey, dairy and 4-H agent with the Weld County office of Colorado State University Extension.

For Tuesday’s all breed show, Maxey said he has received entries from 73 youngsters who plan to bring close to 150 head in tow.

The show is organized by the Weld County 4-H Dairy Advisory Council.

Cattle begin arriving for this year’s event at noon. A showmanship clinic and practice is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m., dinner, a 7 p.m. fitting clinic and an 8:30 p.m. ice cream social.

Monday’s activities begin with a 7 a.m. breakfast, followed by a YouTube Dairy Challenge at 9 a.m., and the Dairy Olympics at 11 a.m.

The YouTube Dairy Challenge, sponsored by the Western Dairy Association, will involve groups who will be given a diary commercial challenge. Those groups will present commercials to judges with the winning group having their commercial broadcast on Western Dairy’s YouTube channel. It also will be featured in a dairy quarterly publication that is distributed to all Colorado dairy producers.

The Dairy Olympics will feature randomly formed teams. The object of the contest is to complete an obstacle course of dairy related tasks in the shortest time.

Monday afternoon will feature the dairy showmanship for four age groups, a swim party in the evening and a pizza party at 8:30 p.m.

New to this year’s event is a “Rookie of the Year” award, Maxey said.

That award will be presented to a first year exhibitor, regardless of age, who achieved the highest point total in the premier dairy exhibitor contest. Premier exhibitor awards will be presented in three age groups and is based on judging one class of dairy cattle from Hoard’s Dairyman, showmanship placing, stall and animal cleanliness, stall display and number of animals exhibited. Scoring will be conducted over the three days of the show.

At the show’s conclusion, there will be a drawing for three prizes – a registered Holstein heifer calf co-sponsored by the Colorado Holstein Association, a large pair of clippers and a small pair of clippers. Winners will be those who registered for the show and activities and individuals can win the same prize only once.

The all breeds show will start at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday and will continue until noon. All cattle will be released at 1 p.m.