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Belleview High agricultural students ready to shine at Southeastern Youth Fair

Belleview High School’s agricultural students are gearing up for a spectacular showcase at the annual Southeastern Youth Fair, set to kick off on Friday, February 23, and run through March 2 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala.

The fair promises a diverse array of projects, with area 4-H and FFA members ready to exhibit their hard work and dedication. From sewing and photography to horticulture and livestock, including chickens, rabbits, lambs, goats, cattle, swine, dogs, and horses, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Beyond livestock shows, the fair offers a plethora of categories aimed at teaching valuable life skills such as responsibility, record-keeping, marketing, communication, and work ethic.

The excitement begins on Friday, February 23, with the Lamb Show at 9 am, followed by the Goat Show and the Kiddie Goat Show. Saturday kicks off with Chicken Judging, leading into the Dog Show and the Lamb and Goat Auction, along with Rabbit judging.

Sunday features the Heifer Show starting at 9 am, followed by the Plant Identification Competition at noon. Monday evening brings the highly anticipated Steer Show at 6:30 pm, highlighting the students’ dedication to training and conditioning these massive animals for the show ring. The Steer Auction will follow on Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday is packed with events, including the Tractor Driving contest at 9 am, BBQ Contest at 12:20 pm, and Livestock Judging contest at 3 pm, followed by the Rabbit and Chicken Breed ID Contest at 4 pm.

On Thursday, March 1, spectators can witness the Swine Show at 6 pm, with the swine auction scheduled for Saturday, March 2, at 10 am in the outdoor arena. Simultaneously, the North Covered Arena will host the thrilling horse show starting at 10 am.

Organizers encourage the community to come out and support these hardworking young individuals as they proudly display their achievements at the fair. It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate their dedication and commitment to agriculture and life skills development.

Conner Fowler is pictured with the Belleview High Jr. Steer which will be entered into the Steer Show.

Kylie Johansen will be showing her Market Goat.

A senior at Belleview High School, Brady Loebig, will be showing his pig Lefty.

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