The second annual Mountaineer Madness Jackpot Show is Saturday, Oct. 10, at the West Virginia University Reedsville Farm in Reedsville, Preston County. The show is a fundraiser for students involved in the West Virginia University Mountaineer Collegiate branch of FFA.
Check-in time for participants is from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The show starts at noon.
“Last year’s show brought in 74 calves from West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and had about $1,500 in payouts,” said Joshua Rice, coordinator of the event and graduate student in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “This year will be bigger and better and should include around 150 calves from five states and $3,500 in payouts.”
The exhibitors of the grand champion steer and heifer will each be awarded $1,000 and a customized belt buckle from Gist Silversmiths in Placerville, Calif. Reserve champion steer and heifer exhibitors will each earn $500. Awards for division winners will also be given.
Exhibitor John Boyd, an animal and nutritional sciences major in the Davis College, won Grand Champion Steer at the 2008 show.
This year’s show features more than 20 vendors, including both local businesses and national companies like Select Genetics, will be present at the show and will have a trade component.
Registration for the show is $35 per animal and can be completed online at http://www.mountaineerffa.com/. In order to be eligible for the show, calves must have been born after January 1, 2009, and have current health papers.
WVU Reedsville Experiment Farm is off the Kingwood Pike, less than five minutes northwest of Reedsville, 20 minutes southeast of Morgantown.
For more information about the Mountaineer Madness Jackpot Show, contact Rice at (304) 319-0033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Brand, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304-293-4832 ext. 4478