National junior Show

2020 Summer Contests

The National Junior Swine Association continues to monitor the recent developments of COVID-19 and the impact it has on our summer events. The National Junior Swine Association is committed to helping prevent the spread of this virus by taking prudent steps to protect our exhibitors, their families, sponsors, as well as the community at large.

In order to responsibly practice social distancing and follow public health guidelines, we have made changes and adjustments to some of our summer educational competitions & events.

What we know will change:


  • Contests that count towards the summer sweepstakes competition outside of showmanship will be conducted virtually. The sweepstakes point system for the live 2020 summer show is as follows:
    1. 2020 Summer Show Sweepstakes Point System
      1. Purebred Gilt/Barrow Show: 1st: 100; 2nd: 95; 3rd: 90; 4th: 85; 5th: 80; 6th: 75; 7th:70; 8th: 65; 9th: 60; 10th: 55 ; 11th-15th:50; 16th-participation: 25
      2. Showmanship: 1st: 100; 2nd: 95; 3rd: 90; 4th: 85; 5th: 80; 6th: 75; 7th:70; 8th: 65; 9th: 60; 10th: 55; Make it out of first heat: 50, Participation: 25
      3. Virtual Skillathon: 1st: 100; 2nd: 95; 3rd: 90; 4th: 85; 5th: 80; 6th: 75; 7th:70; 8th: 65; 9th: 60; 10th: 55; 11th - Participation: 50
      4. Virtual Judging Contest: 1st: 100; 2nd: 95; 3rd: 90; 4th: 85; 5th: 80; 6th: 75; 7th:70; 8th: 65; 9th:    60; 10th: 55; 11th -participation: 50
      5. Tie Breaker: In the event of a tie at the 2020 National Junior Show, ties will be broken on the following:                                                                                                                                                           
        1. Skill-a-thon
        2. Judging Contest               
        3. Showmanship                  
        4. Gilt/Barrow Actual                          
        5. Gilt Show                            
        6. Barrow Show

Premier Breeder:

  • Bred & Owned points earned at the live show in July will count for both the 2019-2020 premier breeder contest as well as the 2020-2021 premier breeder contest. Following the show, the top five 2019-2020 point winners for each breed and for the overall premier breeder will be contacted and asked to the fill out a premier breeder application. To optimize social distancing, this application will take the place of the traditional live interview and be judged by a committee selected by NSR staff. Final scores will be calculated with 70% of the final score being the point total from the Bred & Owned division and 30% of the final score being from the application.


  • If you are participating in showmanship you must show a purebred NSR, CPS, or ABA animal only.
    For more information regarding showmanship rules & regulations please visit

What we know will be altered to virtual events:

Awards Ceremony:

  • The awards ceremony will be streamed virtually.

Scholarship Presentations:

  • - Scholarships will be announced and presented virtually Wednesday, July 15, at 2 p.m. ET via Facebook Live.

Judging Contest:

  • The judging contest will be hosted virtually the week before the National Junior Show Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, and points will be counted towards the summer NJSA sweepstakes for all age divisions. To access the contest visit and sign up for a free account on the contest page.All livestock judging officials, cuts, and critiques can be found by visiting and signing in with your account.
    Click here for more info

Prepared Speech Contest:

  • Contest will be held virtually June 11-18. There will be an Int/Sr division and a Nov/Jr division just like the live event hosted in Louisville each year. More specific information regarding contests rules & logistics will follow. Click here for more info.

What has been eliminated this year due to COVID-19:

  • Swine is a Fine Art Contests

  • Amazing Advertising Contest

  • Extemporaneous Speech Contest

Please stay informed by following our NJSA social media channels, subscribing to the NSR weekly e-blast, and visiting our website at for updated information regarding contest rules and deadlines as more information becomes available.

While all the above stated is the plan as of now, with the fluidity surrounding COVID-19 it may be necessary to make alterations or cancellations to the contests or events specified. Given the unprecedented times and uncertainty, please be patient and understanding as staff manage the proper channels and procedures to conduct a live event. We know the constant changes regarding COVID-19 are difficult to navigate. Rest assured that NJSA and NSR staff are working diligently to create contingency plans and are in constant communication with the necessary individuals regarding future contests and events. If any updates do arise NJSA membership will be informed as soon as possible.