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Junior Livestock Show takes stage for first time at Heritage Fest

South Boston NewsSouth Boston News / April 20, 2017
Two major events — the Halifax County Junior Livestock Show, and the Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival — are coming together as one.

This year for the first time, the Junior Livestock Show will be held on opening day of the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival at the Fairgrounds. The event runs May 5-7.

According to Chad Francis, coordinator of the Junior Livestock Show, nearly 30 area youth have been preparing for months to enter their animals in the show.

The young presenters, some of whom are veterans of the Junior Livestock Show, others who are entering for the first time, will show approximately 40 animals — including cows, pigs, lambs, goats and rabbits.

Halifax County Middle School student Kaitlyn Love enjoys preparing for the show and is looking forward to meeting other kids and their animals at the Livestock Show. Her brother, Dylan Love, enjoys tending to his rabbits. Dylan has also displayed lambs and goats at past shows.

Evan and Carter Francisco are very excited about the Junior Livestock Show and they invite everyone to come out and experience the fun. They both have been busy getting their goat ready for their first show.

Reed and Trigg Francis, also first time presenters, have lambs and rabbits they are getting ready for the show.

West and Emory Conner are two more young presenters who invite everyone to come out and support the Junior Livestock Show. West and Emory will be showing calves and hogs.

The Junior Livestock Show will be Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Livestock Exhibit Building at the Halifax County Fairgrounds. Animals will be on exhibit all weekend during the Heritage Festival.

The 14th annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival opens Friday, May 5 at noon and will conclude Sunday, May 7 at 5 p.m. Festival times are: Friday from noon-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Admission is $5 per day for adults and children 12 years old and older. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

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