An all-new swine educational event is being held for Iowa youth later this month in Ames.
It’s the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Cyclone Swine Spectacular and it’s being paired with the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club’s annual Spring Market Hog Show.
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the brand new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the south side of the Iowa State University campus and all young swine enthusiasts age eight to 18 are invited to participate at no charge.
The morning’s activities will consist of photo and essay contests, a knowledge bowl, swine judging and pork fabrication workshops and showmanship. Contestants will be divided into junior, intermediate and senior divisions.
The hog show begins at 1 p.m. and exhibitors of any age are invited to show either market weight crossbred or purebred hogs. There is a $20 per-head fee to be paid at check-in to participate in the hog show.
“We wanted to create more opportunity for youth who are interested in the swine industry to get involved and grow their interest,” said IPPA Marketing and Programs Director Kelsey Sutter. “This will be a unique event where youth will have the opportunity to exhibit hogs, practice their showmanship skills, learn about pork cuts and gain a deeper understanding of the pork industry all at once.”
Students can win a variety of valuable prizes at the event. Points will be awarded for each activity and the more a student participates, the more points he or she will earn toward the Sweepstakes! A Sweepstakes winner will be selected in each age division with the prize being a custom belt buckle! Other event prizes include director’s chairs, duffle bags, gift cards, boot bags, jackets and more! Every participant will receive a free T-shirt, too!
Online registration will continue through noon on Feb. 21. Other students who want to attend the event can register at the door on Feb. 22 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.