Some of you may remember showing in the old ring on the west side of Mallary and attending the Hereford Sale that was hosted in conjunction each spring. While others may remember purchasing their project for the year at the All Breeds Sale. Others may remember winning their first signature banner or getting fitting advice from industry professionals. While the memories may be different for everyone, the elite atmosphere was the same for all.
I remember coming to The Big East for the first time in 2008 with my 4-H Heifer. It had been a few years since we had anything competitive, so when we purchased my heifer the fall before after Louisville, we were excited to attend. I remember being greeted by a group of friendly faces at the check in table, none of which I knew, but they all seemed to know me. Over the next six years, we became regulars at The Big East, building relationships with other exhibitors that now have become lifelong friendships. Although, I didn’t win my first banner here, I won a few showing for other people.
As a youth exhibitor and now a committee member, I have been involved with The Big East for over 13 years. Over the years, I have made a lot of memories both as a youth showman and as being on the show management side of things. There is nothing more rewarding than watching today’s youth show in the same ring with the same opportunity we all had growing up.
Attending The Big East each year helped shape all of us into the showmen that we are today! In order to keep the show going for future generations, we need your help!
Here is your chance to make sure that this show is available for future generations to enjoy and show! Many of you, now with youth showmen of your own, know the importance of growing up in the livestock show industry and all the benefits it has to offer. Today’s youth are the future of New England Agriculture!
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