This year will be the 71st annual Wayne County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, held at the Wayne Regional Fairgrounds. Wednesday and Thursday will have a full schedule of events for you to come watch and enjoy.

We have 40 participants this year, showing cattle, goats and pigs. Our goat show starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is followed by the cattle show. The hog show begins bright and early at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Our city slicker contest this year, 6 p.m. Thursday, will star a few of our own Wayne County “celebrities.” Kate Daniels, Chuck Allen, Craig Honeycutt and Geoff Hulse will be showing pigs this year! This is something you definitely don’t want to miss!

Stick around after the city slicker show to watch the youth receive awards for their hard work and sell their animals. The sale begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. These kids have worked hard for months to clean, feed and work their animals to make them show-ready. We want to show them as much support as possible!

Call the Wayne County Extension Office at 919-731-1520 if you have any questions or if you have a child who may be interested in showing next year.

Stefani Sykes is an agriculture extension agent specializing in livestock and forages for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County.