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The 11th Annual Big East Regional Youth and Jackpot Show

May 5-7, 2017

Contact: 413-205-5009 or
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Event Location: Eastern States Exposition 1305 Memorial Ave West Springfield, MA Entry Form
Events to be held include: Youth Showmanship Competition Family Game Show Skill-A-Thon Jackpot Steer Show – Shown by weight Jackpot Heifer Show – Shown by Registered and Commercial breeds Youth Heifer Show – Both Papered and Commercial Cow/Calf Division Youth Steer Show Pizza Party Big East Family Pasta Dinner Ice Cream Social Scotch Auction Trade Show Photo Booth Something for Everyone All Breeds Sale Big East Apparel Simmental Heifer Raffle Interested in sponsoring one of these events? Contact us at or click here.

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Rules & Regs

2017 Animal Health Regs

Show Schedule

Jackpot Premiums: We will be paying out the top 5 places in each of the jackpot shows. Overall payout will be determined at the show. 2016 Payments: Champion Steer -$518; Reserve Champion Steer -$310.80; Jackpot Steer – 5 places paid; Champion Heifer -$1032.50; Reserve Champion Heifer – $619.50; Jackpot Heifer Show – 5 places paid.
Premiums: Cash Class premiums will also be awarded throughout the show.


Ken Geuns

Mr. Geuns owns and operates Ventura Farm, a ChiMaine/Angus and Purebred Angus cow/calf operation in Bath, MI., with his wife and daughter. Serving on the staff at MSU from 1978-2012, Ken was Livestock Youth Extension Specialist and Faculty Coordinator of the MSU Purebred Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center. Geuns has judged in over 35 states and Canada including cattle at Kansas City, Denver, Louisville, Fort Worth and Toronto. Thank you Kent Feeds for bringing your Commercial Feeds Account Manager to The Big East to officiate for us!

Jon DeClerck

Jon grew up on a family farm just outside Aledo, Illinois which also includes 120 head of cows. Jon attended Black Hawk Community College in Kewanee Illinois, were he excelled in livestock judging competitions and helped his team earn victories at 11 out of 12 contests including winning every National Competition. Jon finished his collegiate career at Texas A&M University where his Livestock Judging Team went undefeated in 2006, and captured the National Championship at Louisville, Kentucky. Jon then pursued a Master's Degree in Ruminant Nutrition at Texas Tech specializing in feedlot cattle management. While at Texas Tech, Jon served as Co-Coach of University's Livestock Judging Team, leading the 2008 squad on a successful campaign that was capped off with a National Championship at North American in Louisville. This incredible feat etched Jon's place in livestock judging history, as perhaps the only person to ever judge on a champion team at the North American in 4-H, Junior College, and Senior College and to also Coach a Champion Senior College Team. Jon served as a faculty member at Iowa State University from 2010 to 2015. He returned to Texas Tech in January 2016 as a lecturer and Livestock Judging Coach. He was judged throughout the US, including the 2013 National Jr. Brangus Show and recently judged the Junior Limousin Show at Denver. Jon is the American Angus Assoc. List of judges as well as the American Simmental Progress through Performance Judge List. Welcome to New England.

Bedding is provided. As a service to our exhibitors, Eastern States Exposition livestock office will be selling shavings and straw for tieouts. We encourage you to take advantage of their competitive pricing and buy supplies at the show.
Show Supplies Onsite: Twist of Fate will be at our event selling livestock products and offering sharpening services. Call 860-759-9335 or visit them online at We encourage you to stock up on your supplies at the event to avoid paying shipping fees. If you need steel equipment order ahead for Big East delivery.
The Big East event is sponsored and supported by the New England Junior Hereford Association,New England Hereford Association, Southern New England Simmental Association and Eastern States Exposition, as well as local businesses and farms that are committed to preserving agriculture in the northeast.
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