AADS 50th Anniversary Celebration Set for Sept.

3/23/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 50th All-American Dairy Show is set for Sept. 7-12, a week earlier than past shows, and will celebrate the nation’s dairy industry through competition and special events.

The theme is “A Celebration of Generations of Excellence.” This golden jubilee will draw nearly 1,000 dairy men, women and youth from across the nation. They will exhibit 2,500 cows and heifers during 22 shows at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

“This year’s show will pay tribute to long-time exhibitors and honor youth who participate in the show,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig said.

New this year is the selection of the supreme champion bred and owned animal of the open show, to be awarded during the supreme champion pageant on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The 10th annual Premier National Junior Events run in conjunction with the All-American Dairy Show from Sept. 7-9. A junior events benefit auction is Sunday, Sept. 8.

Also new is the National Dairy Shrine Banquet slated for Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the PA Preferred Banquet Hall, and dairy oxen demonstrations on Sept. 7-8.

Local open show judges have been confirmed:

Ayrshire: Chris Hill, Thurmont, Md.

Brown Swiss: Eric Topp, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Guernsey: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, Ohio

Holstein: Michael Heath, Westminster, Md.

Milking Shorthorn: Jeremy McDonald, Middleton, Va.

Red and White: Steve Shaw, Williamsburg, Pa.

For more information or to donate items to the junior events auction, call the show office at 717-787-2905 or visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us.

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