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IN UNION 95th STOCK SHOW KICKS OFF

AT THE EASTERN OREGON LIVESTOCK SHOW: Adept with Appaloosa: Brittany Williams, 12, of Union displays her horse-handling skills Monday in the championship class of showmanship, junior division, at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show's 4-H horse show. She belongs to the E-Riders 4-H club of Union.  (The Observer/PHIL BULLOCK).
AT THE EASTERN OREGON LIVESTOCK SHOW: Adept with Appaloosa: Brittany Williams, 12, of Union displays her horse-handling skills Monday in the championship class of showmanship, junior division, at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show's 4-H horse show. She belongs to the E-Riders 4-H club of Union. (The Observer/PHIL BULLOCK).

UNION — Throughout Union County and Northeast Oregon, today is the final day for 4-Hers and FFA students to prepare their sheep, cattle and hogs for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.

The 4-H horse show ends this afternoon, probably about the time the first livestock starts to arrive.

For generations of families from as near as a few blocks away in Union to more distant places such as Spray and Fossil, it is stock show time.

As the 95th Eastern Oregon Livestock Show gets under way and runs through this weekend, there is a regular blend of old and new.

The three queen candidates, Kelsey Billings, Jennifer Johnson and Simi Swanson, competed in the horsemanship portion of the queen contest Sunday. One will be crowned queen at 7 p.m. Thursday.

More than 130 4-H horse entries filled the stock show arena Monday and today.

With the Earl Marshall Livestock Barn ready for its second year of use, the livestock pens begin filling today in time for Wednesday's 1 p.m. livestock weigh-in.

The action kicks into high gear Thursday.

Participants and those attending can start the day with a hearty cowboy breakfast served at the food stand at 6 a.m. The breakfast will be available every morning through Saturday, thanks to a crew of volunteer cooks and servers, some with years of experience.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, 4-H conformation classes for the livestock get under way, a slightly different order of showing than in recent years.

Minutes before, at 8:15 a.m., the FFA judging competition begins, followed later in the day by the 4-H judging contest at 2 p.m.

Following the Queen's Coronation at 7 p.m., a teen dance will fill the EOLS clubhouse with music and teens taking time to let off some show

jitters.

Friday continues with some of the best livestock and young handlers on display. Showmanship for 4-H and FFA get under way at 8 a.m., while beef and sheep showmanship start at 9 a.m.

The queen's luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by the FFA awards presentation at 1 p.m.

And then, head downtown for the EOLS parade.

The annual parade is predicted to take place under sunny skies, beginning at 2 p.m.

The first of three days of PRCA rodeos brings bulls, clowns and bucking horses to the livestock show arena at 4 p.m. Friday. Interspersed throughout the rodeo will be the Quarter horse and Thoroughbred pari-mutuel horse races, the first set to spring from the starting gates at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

EOLS features one of only six American Quarter Horse racing tracks in Oregon. The racing this year is sponsored by Rain Roofing.

After the cowboy breakfast served early, Saturday will kickoff with the last big event for 4-H and FFAers: the livestock auction.

Saturday's PRCA rodeo starts at 1:30 p.m., with horse racing beginning at 1:45 p.m.

After a day at the show, the adults get a chance to enjoy an evening of music and dancing at the Western Dance at the EOLS clubhouse, starting at 9 p.m.

The livestock show wraps up Sunday with the rodeo at 1:30 p.m. and racing at 1:45 p.m.

As usual, there is no charge to view the animals and judging contests at the show. Tickets for the rodeo are available at the gate, $14 for reserved seating or $12 for general admission. Student tickets are $7.

The stock show contractor this year is the Flying 5 Rodeo Company, with announcer Steve Kenyon, clown Bert Davis and bullfighters Mike Gotham and Mick Thompson.

The EOLS carnival is provided by the Carnival Company with ride tickets available at the show.

 
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