Draft Horses, Working Dogs and Junior Shows Highlight the 2014 Nebraska State Fair Livestock Area

The 2014 Nebraska State Fair will highlight three Draft Horse Hitch Shows the first weekend of the Fair and the Draft Horse Pull on the second Friday. In the Five Points Bank Arena on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon you will hear the sound of thundering hooves and see the beautiful wagons as these powerful animals perform against other teams for big trophies and premium monies.

According to State Fair livestock superintendent, Bill Angell “Some of the very best draft horse teams from across the U.S. will be on hand. It is a spectacle to watch the precision of the teams as they move around the Arena and to see how man and beast work together. Throughout the three performances you will see everything from single horses hitched to a cart to the 6 Horse Hitch in which a team of 6 horses is hitched to a large wagon and a driver maneuvers them around the Arena to be judged. The Draft Horse Pull features teams of horses trying to pull a sled with weights on it. They have to pull each weight a certain distance in order to continue on. These are all paid performances.” Tickets may be purchased at Etix.com or by contacting the Heartland Events Center ticket office.

“Monday and Tuesday of the Fair will feature some of the very best working dogs in the country. These dogs are trained to work cattle, ”Angell said, “They have a set course in which they will drive the cattle around the Arena, through different obstacles and then into a trailer. This is a timed event. There will be over 70 dogs perform the first day and the top 20 will work in the Midwest Regional Semi-Finals Monday evening. On Tuesday the dogs will perform again with the top 10 dogs going to the State Fair & Midwest Regional Finals Tuesday evening. It is amazing to watch how man/woman and dog work together.”

Junior shows again highlight the State Fair Livestock Schedules. New for 2014 is the Junior Breeding Heifer Show on Wednesday, August 27 at 4:00 pm. Any junior exhibitor who is either a member of a junior breed association or a 4-H or FFA member may exhibit their heifers. Heifers will be shown in their different breed show and then will compete against the other breed champions for Supreme Heifer.

The second weekend will again feature the 4-H and FFA shows. Saturday kicks off with the 4-H Sheep and Poultry shows followed by the 4-H Beef Showmanship, the FFA Breeding Beef Show and the 4-H Breeding and Market Goat Shows, Also on Saturday will be the Elite Showmanship Contests sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Ag. On Sunday will be 4-H Breeding Beef, 4-H Market Lambs, 4-H Rabbits, FFA Feeder and Market Beef, FFA Swine, FFA Goats and Sheep and 4-H Swine Showmanship. Monday will conclude with 4-H Market Beef and Market Swine and the FFA Market Lamb Show. Completing the day’s activities will be the Parade of Champions followed by the selection of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Beef.

Angell said, “The 2014 Nebraska State Fair is sure to be another great year for livestock events.”