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More than one thousand head of livestock and junior exhibitors from ten states will make their way to Omaha for the 84th annual Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show Sept. 22 – 25 at the Qwest Center. For the first time 4-H Youth from Illinois have been added to the list of eligible states for Ak-Sar-Ben participation in 2011.



Illinois 4-H’ers will join participants from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming at the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show to exhibit market and breeding beef, feeder calves, dairy cattle and steers, horses, market swine, market lambs, broilers and meat goat projects.

The Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show as part of its Strategic Plan has been looking at controlled expansion of the Show to other states. Several criteria must be met in order for a state to be considered. Illinois met the criteria and expressed a high interest in participating if the 4-H Stock Show was ever considering expansion,” said Matt Gunderson, Executive Vice President of Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation.

Nomination deadlines are fast approaching for the 2011 show: Market Beef DNA Deadline: April 1st Dairy Steer Nominations: April 1st Feeder Calf, Meat Goat, Market Lamb & Hog DNA Deadline: June 15th Breeding Beef & Dairy Cattle Nominations: June 15th Broiler Order/Entries: July 1st.

Prospective exhibitors are encouraged to contact their local county extension office to receive more information. Entries for the 84th Annual Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show are due to county extension offices August 13th, unless the county establishes an earlier deadline. The Ak- Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show office can be reached at 402.554.9600 or by visiting www.aksarben.org or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/RiverCityRodeo.

Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo & Stock Show is an annual celebration of the region’s heritage that benefits and educates families and youth. For more information, visit www.rivercityrodeo.com or Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo and Stock Show page on Facebook and River City Rodeo on Twitter.

ARCR is managed by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation which was established in 1895 with a mission of leveraging collective business leadership to build a more prosperous heartland.

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