2014 National Junior Angus Show Heads to Indianapolis

March 20, 2014






For more information contact:

Carrie Heitman, communications coordinator, at 816-383-5100 or; or

Jaclyn Upperman, director of junior activities, at 816-383-5100 or


Make Note of 2014 NJAS Deadlines


2014 National Junior Angus Show Heads to Indianapolis

Junior Angus members will gather in Indianapolis July 6-12


The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is the highlight of the summer for many Angus families, and this year the big event takes place July 6-12 in Indianapolis, Ind. While cattle shows are the main attraction, the week also includes a showmanship competition, a variety of life-skills contests and multiple activities for members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA).

“The National Junior Angus Show is an exciting event for Angus youth and their families across the country,” says Jaclyn Upperman, American Angus Association® junior activities director. “It is more than a traditional cattle show. It’s an event that challenges youth to build skills and develop long-lasting relationships.”

Sponsored by the Indiana Junior Angus Association, the 2014 NJAS is themed “Angus in the Heartland – You gotta love it!” Indiana has hosted the show as recently as 2006, and the state association looks forward to making this event a fun-filled and educational week for junior Angus enthusiasts and their families. All activities will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.


The Showring

More than 1,000 head of cattle are expected to compete in Indianapolis. The classes offered will provide opportunities for juniors to exhibit their owned heifers, bred-and-owned heifers, cow-calf pairs, steers, and bred-and-owned bulls.

States will join together to compete for the Best Five Head, while individual members will vie for Junior Premier Breeder and the Silver Pitcher Award. 

            The NJAS cattle ownership and postmark entry deadline is May 15. Entries can be made online at

            The 47th Annual NJAS Showmanship Contest will also take place, with two junior Angus members from each state competing for the “Top Showman” title.  To qualify, juniors must first be selected during state competition.


Beyond the Showring

            A twist to the traditional cattle show, the Carcass Steer Contest allows Angus juniors to increase their awareness of how the Angus breed impacts the entire beef industry. Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms, Butler, Mo., contribute cash prizes for the steer contest through a permanent endowment fund administered by the Angus Foundation. They believe the contest is significant because it teaches juniors how to evaluate data and make better decisions for the consumer.


Educational Contests and Activities

The educational component to the NJAS teaches youth how to be confident in their knowledge and talents, think on their feet, and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Youth can enter individually in the following:  prepared and extemporaneous public speaking, career development, graphic design, writing, photography, livestock judging, video production and poster competitions.

In addition, each state can enter a team in the quiz bowl, team sales and fitting contests, as well as the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® (CAB) Cook-Off, herdsmanship and scrapbook contests.

Contest entry deadlines and further information about the NJAS are available at or by contacting the Junior Activities Department at 816-383-5100.

The NJAA mentoring program is another opportunity offered during the show, as a way to help prepare younger members for a successful future. The mentoring program pairs senior and novice members together for NJAS activities together, allowing younger member to become more comfortable around other juniors.

For the family’s younger members, a special coloring session will be provided.


NJAA Annual Meeting

Also during the week of shows and competitions, the NJAA hosts its annual meeting. Two delegates from each state will gather together to review the organization’s bylaws and elect six new directors to the NJAA Board. The new directors and officers will be announced during the awards program at the conclusion of the week.

Visit for information or how to participate in the NJAS. A tentative schedule follows, including a summary of important deadlines.


About the NJAA

The NJAA promotes the involvement of young people in raising Angus cattle, while also providing leadership and self-development opportunities for nearly 7,000 active members nationwide. For more information about the National Junior Angus Show or the NJAA, look online or call the Association at 816-383-5100.

ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. Explore how the Angus breed impacts every sector of the cattle business – from the feedlot to the meatcase – during the 2014 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show. Hosted by the American Angus Association, the event takes place Nov. 4-6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Participants will hear from top-flight speakers, conduct Association business, visit the trade show featuring allied industry partners and have the opportunity to attend the first-ever Angus University.

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. 

For more information about Angus cattle and the 2014 convention, visit





Schedule of Events


2014 National Junior Angus Show

Indiana State Fairground, Indianapolis, Ind.

Sunday, July 6

       All day                           Cattle may begin arriving, set up stalls and move-in all day


Monday, July 7

     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m.                          Exhibitors Meeting – Exposition Hall

     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Cattle Check-In - DEADLINE:  12:00 p.m. – South Pavilion

     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Contest sign up: Team Sales, Team Fitting, Extemp. Speaking, Judging Contest, Quiz Bowl – Exposition Hall

                                             Turn in:  Posters, Scrapbooks, Silent Auction Items – Exposition Hall

     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

     11:00 a.m.                        Queens Luncheon – TBD

     12:00 Noon                      Advisors Meeting – Exposition Hall

     12:00 Noon                     Cattle Check-In Deadline & Contest Sign-up Deadline

     12:15 p.m.                       Check-In and Weigh Carcass Steers – South Pavilion

     12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Weaver’s Leather/Educational Clinic – Champions Pavilion

     1:00 p.m.                         Cook-off Information Meeting – Exposition Hall

     2:15 p.m.                         Candidate/Delegate Meeting – Coliseum

     2:30 p.m.                         Coloring Session (Youth Age 9 and under) – Hospitality Area

     2:45 p.m.                         Mentoring Mixer – Exposition Hall

     4:15 p.m.                         State Line-up and Picture – Coliseum

     5:00 p.m.                         Opening Ceremonies – Coliseum

     7:00 p.m.                         Street Party/ Banana Splits- TBA


     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     7:00 a.m.                          Angus Foundation Golf Tournament – TBA

     7:00 a.m.                          Load carcass steers to transfer to processing plant for data collection.

     7:30 a.m.                          Prepared Public Speaking Contest – Champions Pavilion

     7:30 a.m.                          Career Development Contest – Champions Pavilion

     8:00 a.m.                          Judge Scrapbooks & Posters – Exposition Hall

     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Trade Show Open – Youth Arena

     10:30 a.m.                        Cattle Judging Contest – Coliseum

     1:00 p.m.                         Cook-Off Contest – Exposition Hall

     3:00 – 4:00 p.m.              Sullivan’s Supply/Educational Clinic – Champions Pavilion

     4:00 – 4:30 p.m.              SureChamp/Educational Clinics – Coliseum

     6:00 p.m.                         Annual Meeting of the NJAA – Sheraton Hotel


Wednesday, July 9

     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.      Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Trade Show and Silent Auction Open – Youth Arena

     8:00 a.m.                         Begin Show – Coliseum
       Bred & Owned Heifers

     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

     11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Lunch – Exposition Hall

     12:00 noon                    Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Prep Time – Champions Pavilion

     12:30 p.m.                     Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest - Begin Speeches – Champions Pavilion

      2:30 p.m.                      Team Sales Competition – Coliseum

      4:30 p.m.                      American Angus Auxiliary Social – Exposition Hall       

      5:00 p.m.                      American Angus Auxiliary Meeting – Exposition Hall

      6:00 p.m.                      Quiz Bowl Written Test – Exposition Hall

      7:00 p.m.                      Tailgate Party/ Cornhole Tournament – Parking Lot


Thursday, July 10

     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.      Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – Youth Arena

     8:00 a.m.                          Resume Show – Coliseum
        Bred-and-Owned Cow-Calf Pairs
        Owned Cow-Calf Pairs
        Bred-and-Owned Bulls 


                                                Bred & Owned Best Five Head

     9:00 a.m.                       Post Quiz Bowl Final Round Qualifiers – Outside Show Office

     9:00 – 10:00 a.m.          Showmanship Check-in – Show Office

     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

     10:00 a.m.                      Angus Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships Awards Presentation - Coliseum

     11:30 a.m.                         Arkansas Angus Auxiliary; Iowa Junior Angus Association; and Kansas Angus Association Scholarships Awards – Coliseum

     11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch – Exposition Hall

     1:30 p.m.                           2012 NJAS In a League of their Own; Pennsylvania Angus Association; Texas Angus Association; and Western States NJAS Scholarship Awards Presentation – Coliseum

      1:30 p.m.                      Showmanship Orientation and Photo Session – Coliseum

                                           Showmanship Preliminaries immediately following photos – Coliseum

      4:00 p.m.                      Team Fitting Contest – Coliseum

      5:00 p.m.                      Quiz Bowl Finals – Champions Pavilion

      9:00 p.m. – Midnight    Junior & adult social/dance – Sheraton Hotel 


Friday, July 11

     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     8:00 a.m.                        Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – Youth Arena

     8:00 a.m.                        Resume Show – Coliseum

                                                Owned Heifers (Number of divisions shown, will be decided upon check-in)

     10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

     11:00 a.m.                      Presentation of Advisor of the Year Award & Honorary Angus Foundation Awards – Coliseum

     11:30 a.m.                      Angus Foundation General Scholarship Presentations – Coliseum

     11:30 a.m.                      Lunch – Exposition Hall

     12:00 p.m.                     NJAS Mentoring Program Autograph Books Due – Show Office

     1:30 p.m.                       Angus Foundation General Scholarship Presentations – Coliseum

     4:30 p.m.                       NJAA Elections – TBD

     5:00 p.m.                       Dinner

     6:30 – 8:00 p.m.           NJAA Awards Program –Coliseum

                                                NJAA Contests; Gold Awards; Crystal Award; Auxiliary, CAB/NJAA and Angus Foundation Scholarships; Introduction of New NJAA Officers and Directors

Saturday, July 12

     6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast – Exposition Hall

     7:00 a.m.                        NJAA Board Meeting – Show Office

     8:00 a.m.                        Trade Show and Silent Auction opens – Youth Arena

     8:00 a.m.                        Showmanship Finals and Awards Presentation – Coliseum

     9:00 a.m. – 12:00           Hospitality Open – Southside Coliseum

   9:30 a.m.                       Resume Show – Coliseum

                                        Remainder of Owned Heifers (Jr. Yearling Div. 3, 4, 5 & 6 Champions, Sr. Champion, Grand Champion & Reserve Grand Champion) Owned Best 5 Head, Announce Premier Breeders, Sweepstakes Winners and Auxiliary Silver Pitcher Presentations

     10:00 a.m.                      Close Silent Auction – Youth Arena

     Noon                              Close Trade Show – Youth Arena


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