The festival livestock shows and competitions have evolved greatly from their beginning in 1947. In the early years, livestock producers showed dairy heifers, feeder calves, and saddle horses in a high topped tent with feed supplies stacked in the center. The show ring was delineated by snow fencing, and spectators had no seats.* Today, the Cow Palace- a structure that houses livestock and seats visitors--hosts cattle, sheep, goat, and swine shows and competitions.
Whether it's market, showmanship, or purebred shows, the Cow Palace is always buzzing with activity. While some events, like the selection of the Grand Champion Market Steer, are more seriously considered, others, like lamb dressing and the pet show, portray light-hearted fun. Exhibitors and visitors, alike, enjoy the judging and showing of locally raised livestock.
All exhibitors must be from Preston County. Premium books containing a detailed schedule, entry instructions and forms, and other information will be available at the Preston County Extension Office, 115 West Court Street, Kingwood.
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