Light horse judging competition is already underway at the 57th annual Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. But the major livestock judging events get underway this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The East Coast's largest livestock show pulls in more than 1,300 beef cattle, 650 horses, 1,200 sheep and 700 swine plus their exhibitors from 28 states and Canada. You'll find a list of livestock judging events and sales on page 8 of October's American Agriculturist magazine.
At 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, Stock Show University will host the Keystone Fitting and Showmanship Clinic.
And Pennsylvania Livestock Association will host educational forums on Thursday, Friday and Saturday covering topics such as manure management plan writing, the new animal disease traceability program, livestock grazing tips and animal feed byproducts.
"KILE offers a little bit of something for everyone, whether you're interested in the entertainment or the education," says Pennsylvania Ag Secretary George Greig. "It makes this show a great family-friendly outing."
Events like the North American All Breeds 6-Horse Hitch Classic Series Show and the Keystone Lead Line competition offer unique takes on traditional animal evaluation. Children can participate in Saturday's Agri-Kid Olympics and the Pedal Power Pull.
Barbeque, brews and blues
Friday evening, KILE's focus shifts to judging off-the-hoof farm products – barbequed meats and local brews in a blues music setting. It's the 6th annual Keystone Classic Barbeque Championship.
Barbeque events start Friday at 7 p.m. with judging of the Hoss's Steak and Sea House and Pennsylvania Beef Council "Great Ground Beef" and Weaver's "Award-Winning Bologna" contests. And a new deviled egg competition will be sponsored by the Incredible Egg.
Saturday features the Kansas City Barbeque Society events, where barbeque masters compete for the Pennsylvania State Cup and $9,150 in prizes. They will prepare chicken, pork, pork ribs and beef brisket barbeque.
And on Saturday, you can sample wings and vote for your favorite in Bell and Evans' "Best Legs in Town" contest at 1:30 p.m. in the Northeast Hall. An afternoon with three blues bands begins at noon. The barbeque competition will take place in the parking lot bordering Cameron Street.
The show is open to the public with free admission and parking. For full show details, visit www.keystoneinternational.state.pa.us.