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judgingSee how some 1,700 head of cattle, horses, sheep and swine, from more than 19 states, compete at the 70th annual Arizona National Livestock Show. Learn about the Western agricultural way of life, how judging is conducted, and about the business of selling livestock. 

Your day begins in PebbleCreek’s Palm Room for a talk by a young 4-H livestock competitor, who will explain the competitions, judging and jargon, while you snack on light, morning refreshments.

Then it’s on to the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix for one of the largest livestock shows in the Southwest, founded in 1948 to support youth in agriculture. The nonprofit show awards $40,000 annually in scholarships for agricultural studies. Recent government statistics estimate Arizona agriculture is a $12.4 billion industry.

Included in your self-guided tour of exhibits and competitions is a visit to the Cowboy Classic Western Art Show and Sale on the fairgrounds. This showcase for the contemporary western lifestyle includes oil paintings, photography, bronzes, silverwork, hitchings, leatherwork and furniture — all drawn from traditions of the American cowboy.

Lunch will be on your own at your choice of vendors at the fairgrounds.

NOTE:  There is extensive walking on rough and rustic surfaces.

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DATE/TIME: Saturday, Dec. 29, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

COST: $30

MAXIMUM: 56

For more information, see Arizona Livestock Show web page