CARP - More than $10,000 in prizes will be up for grabs at the second annual Strawfest Beef Debut to be held at the fairgrounds here Sat., June 26.
Registrations are being accepted from young exhibitors between the ages of 10 and 21 from across Eastern Ontario and the New England states.
Judge Casey Kelley, a professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, will preside over beef confirmation for steers and heifers and showmanship classes.
Beef Debut is designed to provide an outlet for young agriculturists to hone their skills in showmanship, sportsmanship and competition in one of the first events of the season. It is also designed to promote friendships within the beef community throughout eastern Canada and the northern United States.
"One of the fundamentals that this show provides is to give all participants the life skills needed in meeting challenges that they may encounter in the future," according to the show's promotional literature.
And it's not just young showpersons who will benefit from the day. Beef Debut is used as a fund raiser for numerous charities and the main recipients will continue to be the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Children's Wish Foundation.
Last year, according to one of the show's organizers, Barry Stewart of Vernon, over $20,000 was raised for charity.
Seventy-two exhibitors showed 100 calves at the Debut's debut last year.
The largest class was the junior showmanship, aged 10 to 14 years, with 38 participants. Twenty-two took part in the intermediate class, aged 15 to 17 years, and 12 showed in the senior class, for ages 18 to 21.
Entry fees are $10 for registrations before June 1 and $15 for entries received after June 1. Fees include bedding.
Classes will be determined following registrations. Heifers will be split according to age and steers according to weight. There will be a minimum of six animals per class.
There is no limit placed the number of entries per exhibitor.
The show will be held indoors.
For more information, contact Kevin MacIntyre, 6864 Boundary Road, Russell, K45 1E5, 613-445-0506.