Kentucky Agricultural News


It's livestock show season in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

The beef shows are underway, the youth livestock camp is behind us, and most of Kentucky’s county fairs are right around the corner. This is a special time of year when hundreds of Kentucky boys and girls test their mettle in livestock shows all over the state.

I remember well those long, hot days on the livestock show circuit in my youth. I remember the friends I made along the way, and I remember the feeling of satisfaction when the judge handed me a blue ribbon. In many ways, those experiences helped make me the person I am today. And I’m not alone: In my lifetime, I’ve known many successful men and women from all walks of life who got their start leading a bull in the ring or coaxing a hog through the show pen.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps make these opportunities possible. The department provides financial assistance to Kentucky’s more than 100 local agricultural fairs.

James R. Comer

Staff members from the Division of Show and Fair Promotion run the Kentucky Proud Points and Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Programs. They conduct the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos and the preview and district shows. They work the shows at the Kentucky State Fair and the North American International Livestock Exposition.

These employees themselves showed livestock in their youth, in many cases in the same barns where today they guide a new generation of exhibitors. They are dedicated to providing our young people an educational and enjoyable experience.

I also want to salute the parents, teachers, advisors, and other volunteers for your efforts on behalf of your local livestock shows. You are helping our youth learn valuable life lessons that will serve them well as Kentucky’s farmers, leaders, and citizens of tomorrow. Thank you.

I hope to make it to some shows this summer as my schedule permits. Maybe I’ll see you there!