The Henderson County Fairpark Coliseum will host the National Santa Gertrudis Junior Heifer Show next week.

Exhibitors from 15 states are coming to participate in the show from June 22-25.

Santa Gertrudis Executive Director Ervin Kaatz said the contestants will come from Florida to New Mexico and as far north as Indiana.

“There’ll be a little over 400 head of cattle. Counting everybody there’ll be 400 to 500 people there. It’s actually the biggest Santa Gertrudis event that we will have all year,” Kaatz said. “Like any junior show it’s not just the youngsters showing up leading an animal. You’ll have mom and dad, grandma, aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters. It’s a very big family oriented event.”

He said the annual event is held at a different locations each year. This is the first time in his memory that the show has come to Athens.

“It goes to different parts of the country throughout the United States,” Kaatz said. “If they have a nice facility and we have some folks in the area who are members of the association we might come there.”

Dwayne and Sandy Miller are chairpersons for the show. Dwayne is ranch manager at the Double T Ranch in Rosser.

“They’re putting together another fantastic lineup of events,” Kaatz said. “They’ve done most of the leg work for this program. They’re pretty much responsible for it being in Athens this year.”

Kaatz invites the public to come to the show and learn about the Santa Gertrudis breed.

“We sure invite everybody in Athens to come out and see what’s going on,” Kaatz said.

Events during the week include cattle judging, public speaking, photography and other interests. The new officers for the Junior Santa Gertrudis Association will also be chosen during the week.

“The showing of the cattle is all day Thursday and Friday,” Kaatz said.

The Santa Gertrudis breed has the distinction of being the first breed developed in the United States.

“They’re a superior breed, able to survive in a hostile environment,” Kaatz said.

This Week's Circulars