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Senior coordinates livestock show

This kid's senior project involves coordinating a livestock show at the fairgrounds in may
Like many of his classmates, Prineville's T.J. Colson, a senior at Crook County High School, is gearing up for his big senior project and, this one's a doozie.
   Colson is coordinating a junior livestock jackpot show dubbed the Crooked River Classic. The event is planned for May and he is inviting all 4-H and FFA members to sign up for the upcoming competitions.
   Typically, a jackpot show is a one day fair, where kids can market lamb, pigs and steer. Participants have the opportunity to exhibit their animals for cash and other prize winnings.
   Colson indicated that his mentor for the project is someone who has organized these types of events before. He is working now to raise the funds to pay for the facility at the Crook County Fairgrounds - and for the two judges who have agreed to participate, about $2,500.
   In addition, he is canvassing local businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor prizes for participants. "We're hoping that we can get enough prizes so that everyone who participates can take something home with them," he said.
   Colson said that in Oregon during the springtime there are about 10 such jackpot shows that happen for junior livestock growers. "I'll be the first one of the year in Oregon. Although mostly 4-H and FFA students will be interested, the competition is open to anybody as long as they're under 20 years old," he said. Although there won't be categories in the May event for steer, it will be divided up for judging into categories of lamb and swine.
   Participating in jackpots and fair is a fun thing to do, and it gives livestock showmen a chance to polish their skills.
   "It just makes you better for fair," Colson explained. "For example, the first time I showed my pig I was pretty inexperienced and didn't have very good results." He added that the more exposure a livestock shower has to the judging process, the better the chances are for that person to rank in fair time competitions and take home prizes. So, for a kid who wants to practice for fair, this is a good place to start.
   The Livestock Jackpot Show will be held at Crook County Fairgrounds on May 5. The entry fee is $20. For more information call Colson at 447-3036 during the evening hours.