Quick, you have five seconds. Name the largest single cattle show in the U.S.? Is it Denver or the North American International Livestock Show at Louisville? No, according to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, it's the Hoosier Beef Congress. An idea some thought they would try just for fun has mushroomed into one of the elite events in the country.
Part of the draw is that it gives 4-H members and their families a chance to show calves that will be at county fairs next summer during the winter. The other biggest draw is that it gives cattle enthusiasts a chance to come together in what was once the off-season for showing cattle, at least in Indiana.
The Beef Congress will be the first full weekend in December, running from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. Thanksgiving falls late this year, causing the Beef Congress dates to fall back some as well.
Deadline for those who want to participate in certain parts of the event are fast approaching. Joe Moore, executive director of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, reminds people who want to participate to pay close attention to the dates when entry forms are due for various events.
Entries for the All Star and Breed Sale are due Oct.15, with certain exceptions. Registration for the junior show is Nov.1 . Entries for the Junior show that carry a postmark of Nov. 2 or later won't be accepted, Moore stresses. Besides multiple sales and the huge junior cattle show, the event also includes a showmanship contest and a trade show for commercial exhibitors.
There will be an on-line stalling auction for the first 30 spots for those worried about getting what they think are the ideal spots in the barn. Details will be finalized for this event and placed online.
Learn about the Hoosier Beef Congress at www.hoosierbeefconghress.com or call 317- 293-2333.