Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

The Junior Livestock Show, a summer tradition in Central New York, takes place Sunday, July 6, through Tuesday, July 8, 2014. This three-day event brings together the area’s best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region. The event begins with a barbeque dinner, bluegrass music and ice cream social on Sunday.

More than 250 youth handlers and 750 animals will fill the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds located on County Highway 33 in Cooperstown for what is truly a celebration of youth in agriculture. The event tests the skills of youth handlers ages eight to eighteen who present animals (dairy cows, beef, swine, dairy goats, and sheep of various breeds) that they own, care for, and have prepared for competition.

Sponsored by The Farmers’ Museum, admission to the show is free and the public is welcome to attend. Since 1947, The Farmers’ Museum has collaborated with the Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program to produce the show, which is the second largest youth competition in New York State.

The Junior Livestock Show begins Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. with a chicken barbecue for the public and show exhibitors. The cost for the barbecue dinner is $10.00 per person. From 5:30–8:00, the local bluegrass band Gravelyard will perform. Then join us at 7:30 p.m. for an ice cream social, open to participants and the general public free of charge.

On Monday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m., judging begins for animals and showmanship classes, which test the handler’s ability to present their fit and well-groomed animals in the way that best shows off their conformation. At 5:00 p.m. the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health leads a discussion on eye, ear and skin safety. Prizes are awarded at 6:00 p.m. for the best posters displayed in the visitor tent in the 24th annual Farm Safety for Kidz Poster Contest.

On Tuesday, July 8, judging begins at 9:00 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., the Grand Champions in the dairy, beef, dairy goat, sheep, and swine divisions will join the winners of the F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Trophy, The Farmers’ Museum Cup, and The Farmers’ Museum Dairy Goat Cup in a Parade of Champions.

On Monday and Tuesday, summer camps and area youth groups are invited to take a tour of the showground and participate in a take-home craft with our Education staff.  Reservations are requested, please call 607-547-1461.

The Junior Livestock Show is conducted in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension County 4-H educators and clubs throughout central New York.  On-site services are provided by the Leatherstocking Corporation.  Food services are provided by the Cooperstown American Legion Post 579.  The show is sponsored in part by Chobani and Stewart’s Shops.  Visit for more information.

Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
June 2014