The San Joaquin AgFest Junior Show and Auction is in its second year.
It has all the looks and feel of the days of the San Joaquin County Fair but only with interested members of the public and the ag community.
“It’s a lot calmer here (at the fairgrounds),” said Cassady Hill of the Ripon chapter of Future Farmers of America.
The recent graduate of Ripon High doesn’t miss the assortment of fairgoers perusing through the livestock area.
This standalone five-day junior livestock and vocation show came about when the longtime fair took a break to retool a year ago.
Volunteers stepped up to make sure that FFA and 4H members could mark down mid-June to exhibit their vocational or livestock projects. It was a partnership made of Delta Cal Section FFA, SJC 4H, San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Educational Foundation, and the 2nd Agricultural District.
Todd Ingalls, who is the longtime advisor for the Sierra FFA, was impressed on how far AgFest has come in the short time.
“It’s better than I thought,” he said.
AgFest continues today with the livestock judging contest and Pee Wee dairy showmanship taking place at 9:30 a.m.
At 1 p.m., FFA and 4H members can look forward to the junior showmanship and beef fitting along with hay-bucking contest.
The master showmanship is scheduled at 6 p.m., with awards and closing ceremonies at 8 o’clock.
Saturday is the livestock auction in the pavilion.
For more information, log on to www.sanjoaquinagfest.com