Still time to help support annual Norfolk beef expo

August 24, 2018

The annual Norfolk Beef Expo returns in September, with two days of more than 100 young competitors and cattle vying to be the best.

The expo, now headed into its 69th year, will be held by the Agri-Business Council of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted at Northeast Community College’s Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex on Sept. 8-9.

Tony Schwartz, senior vice president at Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust and member of the Agri-Business Council, said the annual event is anticipated to be a success this year.

“We have a good partnership with Northeast and we receive a lot of support from businesses around the area,” Schwartz said. “I think we all do a good job of making it work each year.”

The expo is open to 4-H and FFA students from ages 8 to 19 throughout the region. Though a total count has not been determined yet for this year’s competition, more than 100 students from 24 counties participated last year.

Competitors can enter up to two cattle entries, either heifer or steer. Champions and reserve champions are crowned in each category, along with prizes for showmanship. The judge will be Jon Herrick of Amherst.

The grand and reserve champion steers and heifers will be sold at a premium auction at the end of the expo. Any competitor can choose to put their cattle up for sale, as well. The cattle will then be processed and harvested in Dakota City.

The ag business council will also award a $500 scholarship at the expo.

Schwartz said the scholarship will be awarded to any student planning to study an ag-related field.

“The criteria is fairly broad,” Schwartz said. “It’s a good way to encourage ag students and the many (agricultural) fields.”

Schwartz said that the beef expo shows the best Northeast Nebraska can offer.

“This is a great competitive event, with high quality cattle,” Schwartz said. “It’s a good experience for everyone involved.”

There is still time to get involved in the beef expo, both as an exhibitor and a sponsor.

Sponsors can sign up to contribute to the buyer’s pool, which helps support exhibitors at the premium auction. Sponsorship forms are due by Aug. 31.

Exhibitors can still enter the expo by Sept. 4 by completing an entry form and care form for the cattle. These can be submitted to the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.

More information can be found about how to enter the expo and signing up for sponsorships by clicking here.

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