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The 2018 Indiana State Fair will feature several changes for 4-H members who show beef cattle, including the normal schedule being accelerated by a day so the selection of the grand champion heifer can be added back into the grand drive, which will take place on Aug. 5 in the coliseum.

INDIANAPOLIS — 4-H exhibitors who show cattle at the Indiana State Fair should be aware of changes that will be made to the 2018 schedule.

Spencer Morris, livestock manager for the Indiana State Fair Commission, said the typical cattle show schedule will be shifted a day earlier during next year’s event.

The changes in schedule were made so all cattle judging will be completed by Aug. 5, so that heifers can be a part of the grand champion drive.

“It has been a few years since heifers have been included in the grand drive, which is why the cattle show schedule has been accelerated by an entire day,” Morris said.

He noted that the decision to put the heifers back in the grand champion drive was made to allow those individuals that show heifers the same opportunity to experience showing under the bright lights in the coliseum.

One of the big changes for those 4-H members who exhibit cattle at the Indiana State Fair is they will be able to move tack and other supplies into the cattle barn on July 31.

“The benefit to members moving their tack in a day earlier is that no other species will be setting up at that time,” Morris said, adding that this will provide more space for livestock trailers and trucks on the fairgrounds.

The main changes to note are that 4-H beef and dairy beef showmanship will take place on Aug. 3, followed by the 4-H heifer show on Aug. 4 and the 4-H steer show on Aug. 5, prior to the grand drive that night.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.


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