Maryland: 2024 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference Celebrates Success in Timonium

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 26, 2023) ~ Annapolis, MD - The American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) recently held the highly anticipated 2024 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. From June 15th to June 22nd, junior exhibitors from 24 states across the United States gathered to showcase their skills and knowledge in exhibiting shorthorn cattle.

The week-long conference provided a platform for young exhibitors aged 8-21 to compete, exhibit, and gain comprehensive knowledge about this beloved breed. With over 500 shorthorn cattle featured at the event, it was a sight to behold for all attendees.

One of the highlights of the conference was the record-breaking participation of the Maryland Junior Shorthorn Association. They brought their largest contingent of exhibitors and cattle to the event, contributing to the growth of not only their own industry but also that of cattle farmers, breeders, large animal veterinarians, and the entire agricultural industry.

The conference was filled with spirited competitions that tested exhibitors' in-depth breed knowledge through written and verbal contests. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in various sessions and competitions focused on fitting, showmanship, and judging.

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The event was graced by esteemed guests such as Maryland Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks, Maryland Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Connelly, Maryland Agricultural Fair Board Chair David Cavey, and Maryland Fairs and Boards Executive Secretary Harrison Palmer. They attended sessions and exhibitions throughout the week, showing their support for this remarkable event.

Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks expressed his pride in hosting a national show in Maryland. He acknowledged the hard work of youth exhibitors and their mentors who have paved the way for them. He also thanked all partners involved in bringing this event to Timonium this year.

Apart from showcasing talent and knowledge in exhibiting shorthorn cattle, events like the National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference also generate a significant economic impact for the local jurisdiction and the state. The influx of attendees leads to increased revenue for accommodations, restaurants, tourism, and associated taxes.

For more information about the National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference, please visit To learn more about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Agricultural Fair Board, please visit

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