Locals strut stuff at AgFest
by TP staff
Jun 19, 2014 | 1509 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
exhibitors compete at AgFest
Ashton Alegre, 9, of Banta 4-H, guides his market hog, Betsy, around the show ring for the judge during a San Joaquin AgFest competition Tuesday at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Hundreds of youth livestock exhibitors stepped into the show ring as the San Joaquin AgFest started Tuesday at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.

Exhibitors representing FFA and 4-H chapters or showing as independents took their market and breeding animals to the fairgrounds for the four-day show, which ends Saturday with a Junior Auction.

AgFest takes the place of the San Joaquin County Fair’s vocational projects, livestock judging and junior auction for 4-H Club and FFA exhibitors this year.

The directors of the fair board voted in December to put the fair on hiatus for a year while they reorganized.

AgFest is run by a partnership of the Delta Cal Section FFA, San Joaquin County 4-H, the Educational Foundation from the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the 2nd Agricultural District Association.

Throughout the week, exhibitors competed in a variety of showmanship and breeding competitions.

Tonight, winners will compete in Master Showmanship, hoping to earn the chance to represent San Joaquin County at the State Fair.

The Junior Auction on Saturday, featuring swine, dairy replacement heifers, turkeys, beef, sheep, goats, rabbits and chickens, begins at 9 a.m.

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