Several years ago, 2005 to be exact, the state of Delaware opened its doors to livestock youth across the country to visit Delaware and compete in the Delaware Livestock Exposition. This livestock show is a show for breeding animals owned by youth exhibitors 21 years of age and younger. Many kids raise livestock year round, and this show provides an opportunity for young people to showcase what they have produced. Junior livestock shows offer great hands-on learning, education, and character building opportunities for youth. This junior event supports youth education and provides greater knowledge and appreciation for the agriculture industry.
In the past ten years the show has seen over a thousand youth exhibitors; showing several thousand animals over the years, entered youth from surrounding states, including Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York. This event is a two day event, including breed shows for pigs, goats, sheep and cattle. The Delaware Livestock Exposition has been host to sanctioned shows and regional shows in the past. Families enjoy visiting with friends during the exhibitor dinner social, and youth and adults alike enjoy the friendly social sports tournaments that have been organized over the past shows.
As a result, over the last 11 years, the Delaware Livestock Exposition has paid over $200,000 directly to youth exhibitors as cash awards or premiums, for their livestock placings. Majority of the funding for this event comes in the form of donations from individuals and businesses to our annual benefit dinner and auction, held in March each year. This show also recognizes the four champion showmen with belt buckles and provides special monetary awards to the supreme male and female of each species. In this difficult economy, the planning committee has been forced to work as hard as ever to solicit donations in order to support the show. Any support you can provide would go a long way in allowing this show to continue.
The Delaware Livestock Exposition is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Federal ID Number 20-2034621). Pursuant to Internal Revenue Code requirements for substantiation of charitable contributions, the Delaware Livestock Exposition provided no goods or services in return for these contributions.