Dear Southwest Regional Participants:
We are thrilled you are going to be a part of the NJSA Southwest Regional at the Woodward County Fairgrounds & Event Center, in Woodward, Oklahoma, from August 31 to September 2! In order to make this event run smoothly, please read a few reminders listed below. In addition, the NJSA Handbook has been updated, so please make sure you read it for updated information regarding the 2018-2019 NJSA rules within this letter.
- All Southwest Regional entries must have been owned by the exhibitor by July 16, 2018.
- The size of one pen is 5’ x 5’ and there will be ONE pig per pen.
- We will NOT be providing shavings. Exhibitors will be responsible for bringing their own.
- NJSA age divisions are: Novice (8 & under), Junior (9-12), Intermediate (13-16), and Senior (17-21).*All ages are as of Jan. 1, 2018.*
- Please visit the NSR website for health rules and regulations that MUST be followed in order for your pig to be exhibited.
- The Corn Toss Tournament will take place Saturday, September 1. Sign-up is from 6:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and the tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost to participate in the single elimination tournament is $3 per team of two. Youth, adults, family and friends are all welcome to compete! The winner receives the entire pot, not to mention bragging rights for the weekend!
Arrival and Check-In Information
- Entries may begin arriving at the fairgrounds at 8 a.m. and must be in place by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31. Make sure all health papers are checked for all animals on your trailer by the veterinarians before you unload any hogs from your trailer.
- Check-in will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday.
- At check-in, each exhibitor should have the original pedigree and one photocopy of the pedigree for each hog, the original health paper and one photocopy of their PQA Plus or YQCA certificate or card.
- PLEASE DO NOT MAKE COPIES OF YOUR HEALTH PAPERS AHEAD OF TIME AS WE WILL REQUIRE THE VET TO SIGN YOUR ORIGINAL COPY UPON YOUR ARRIVAL. The copy that you turn in during registration MUST be signed by the vet.
- All exhibitors ages eight through 21 MUST be YQCA or PQA Plus certified.
- Parents of youth ages seven years and younger must be certified in Adult PQA Plus training.
- Any youth that are not PQA Plus or YQCA certified prior to the Southwest Regional and do not attend a training session to become certified at the event will not be allowed to exhibit their hogs.
- Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training is available to be completed online.
- Youth may attend YQCA training on Friday, August 31, from 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the show ring.
- Barrows must weigh 290 pounds or less with a 15 lb. weigh-back.
- This is not a terminal show; exhibitors will be responsible for their barrows at the completion of the show.
- Scales will be made available to exhibitors from Friday to Sunday. Exhibitors must turn in a weight card with the declared weight of their barrows and crossbred gilts by Friday at 3:00 p.m. to the show office.
- The top three barrows and crossbred gilts in each class will be re-weighed. Barrows and crossbred gilts must weigh back within 15 pounds of their declared weight. Any barrows or crossbred gilts weighing more or less than 15 pounds of the declared weight will be disqualified.
- There will be an MVP (Mentoring Values People) event for those who are participating in the MVP program on Saturday following the conclusion of the Novice Judging Contest. Any NJSA member who has not signed up for the MVP program is welcome to participate in the activity.
- A mandatory junior exhibitor meeting will take place on Friday, August 31 at 5:15 p.m. in the show ring.
- The purebred barrow show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the Durocs, followed by Hampshires, Landrace and Yorkshire barrows. Following the Purebred Barrow Show, we will immediately begin the Crossbred Barrow Show.
- The gilt show will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, starting with the Durocs, followed by the Hampshires, Landrace and Yorkshire gilts.
- Showmanship will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, beginning with the senior division, then the intermediate, junior and novice divisions. The Crossbred Gilt Show will immediately follow showmanship.
Judging Contest Information
- Judging contest registration will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on Saturday. Even though there are separate contests, this registration includes all exhibitors (Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior). Also, although exhibitors signed up for the Judging Contest at show registration on Friday, they MUST still enter for the Judging Contest on Saturday morning to receive their judging cards and contestant number. If exhibitors have a team, please make sure the team registers together at the same time.
- Please note that it is a NJSA policy that any gilt or barrow exhibited at a NJSA show is eligible to be selected for use in the Judging Contest. If your hog is selected, you have the option to drive it during the contest yourself, but you may not decline its use.
- The contest for all Junior, Intermediate and Senior members will start at 2:00 p.m. The Novice Judging Contest will start at 4:30 p.m. The contest will consist of six placing classes and three sets of oral reasons for the Senior division; six placing classes, one set of oral reasons and two classes of questions for the Intermediate division; and six placing classes and two classes of questions for the Junior division. The Novice Judging Contest will consist of two placing classes and one class of questions. No parents will be allowed near the judging contest while the event is taking place. Assistance will be available for any contestant who needs help marking their card or viewing the classes. Official critiques will be given at the completion of the contest.
Silent Auction and Inspirational Service
- Is your silent auction donation item ready for the show? Go to local businesses or supporters to ask for donations for the silent auction—all items are welcome! Also, make sure to check out the silent auction at the show and bid on your favorite items! The Silent Auction will close following the conclusion of the Crossbred Gilt Show, on Sunday.
- All participants and their families are invited to a free breakfast on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. along with an inspirational service by Ray Perryman at 7:15 a.m.
- Sweepstakes Contest points will be awarded in the Purebred Gilt/Purebred Barrow Shows, Showmanship Contest and Judging Contest. Youth must compete in showmanship, livestock judging and either the gilt show or barrow show to qualify for the Sweepstakes Contest. The exhibitor’s highest placing purebred barrow OR purebred gilt will count toward the Sweepstakes Contest, NOT both. All participants in the Sweepstakes Contest MUST complete the full Judging Contest, including both the placing and reasons sections, in order to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Contest.
- The Sweepstakes Award Ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the Crossbred Gilt Show, on Sunday.
- Gilts and barrows will be released at the conclusion of the Sweepstakes Awards Ceremony, on Sunday. If an exhibitor or their pig leaves the barn before this time, the exhibitor and their family will not be allowed to compete in any NJSA events for one calendar year.
**If your pig is purchased at the show by a college or university, you must remain at the show until the completion of the awards ceremony.
If you have any questions, please call (765)463-3594 ext. 101 or e-mail NSR Director of Junior Shows, Ellen Knauth, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All 2018 NJSA Southwest Regional information and the complete schedule can be found HERE. See you soon!
NSR Director of Junior Shows