Posted Dec. 11, 2014
The Iowa Pork Producer Association’s 2nd annual Cyclone Swine Spectacular will be held in Ames before the Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club’s annual Spring Market Hog Show.
The event will be held on Feb. 28 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the south side of campus and all young swine enthusiasts age eight to 18 are invited to participate at no charge.
The morning’s activities will consist of a knowledge bowl, swine judging, pork fabrication workshop and speeches for the top five individuals of each age division. A photo and essay contest will be judged prior to the event. Photo and essay entries are due to IPPA Feb. 13. Contestants will be divided into junior, intermediate and senior divisions. Jon DeClerck, ISU livestock judging coach, will facilitate the judging classes and Corning Meat Processing will lead the fabrication session.
The hog show begins at 1 p.m. and invites exhibitors of any age to show either market weight crossbred or purebred hogs. There is a $20 per-head fee to be paid at check-in to participate in the hog show.
“Youth education is very important to the swine industry as a whole,” said IPPA Consumer Outreach Director Shawnie Wagner. “This event was created to help youth learn about the industry in a fun and exciting way while testing their knowledge and skills.”
Students can win a variety of prizes at the event. Points will be awarded for each activity and the more a student participates, the more points he or she will earn toward the Sweepstakes! A Sweepstakes winner will be selected in each age division with the prize being a custom belt buckle. Other event prizes include duffle bags, gift cards, boot bags, jackets and more! Each participant will receive a free T-shirt.
Additional information and registration forms can be bound by clicking on the Cyclone Swine Spectacular logo on the home page.