The 23rd annual Hoosier Beef Congress opens in Indianapolis a week from Friday, on Friday, Dec. 4. If you haven't made plans to attend yet, circle that date on your calendar. The show runs from Dec 4 through Sunday, Dec 6 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Find the show in the West Pavilion, also known as the cattle barn.
The Congress officially opens at 9:30 a.m. EST with the All Star Steer and Heifer Sale and Purebred Sale. Those events take place at the south end of the pavilion. The junior show begins at 2 p.m. in multiple show rings.
Shows and sales continue through Sunday. Expected completion time is around 4 p.m. Sunday evening, Dec. 6. Commercial exhibitors will also be on hand during the show. Food concessions will also be available.
The real work begins in earnest early next week, not long after the turkey settles. Show rings are assembled on Wednesday before the show. Bob Bishop, Leesburg, a Master Farmer himself, heads up a volunteer, veteran crew that will organize the building and prepare for the show. FFQ members form Franklin FFA will work with Bishop and others to make sure everything is ready for the cattle, showmen, judges and auctioneers in time for the scheduled events.
This show is relatively young as shows go. Started to help attract more people into the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and their statewide activities, it is now one of the premier junior preview beef shows in the country, certainly in the Midwest. Come and you will see 1,000 youth and some 1,500 cattle go through shows and sales.
By contrast, only about 300 cattle are exhibited each year at the Indiana State Fair. Many of the animals shown during the Beef Congress will be shown next summer. However, many of them will be headed to county fairs or open shows.
You can find all the information you need to plan your trip, or all the details needed if you're exhibiting, on the Internet. Go to: www.hoosierbeefcongress.com. Or you can call the IBCA office at 317-293-2333. The IBCDA is now co-located with other major commodity groups in joint offices on the west side of Indianapolis.