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The 8th Annual Big East Regional Youth and Jackpot Show

May 2-4, 2014

Contact: 413-205-5009 or bigeast@thebige.com




Event Location: Eastern States Exposition 1305 Memorial Ave West Springfield, MA


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 bigeast@thebige.com or click here.


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. 2013 Payments: Champion Steer -$850; Reserve Champion Steer -$425; Jackpot Steer – 5 places paid; Champion Heifer -$1800; Reserve Champion Heifer - $500; Jackpot Heifer Show – 5 places paid.


Premiums: Cash Class premiums will also be awarded throughout the show.


Hotel: The Sheraton Springfield has offered overnight room rates at: $99 Single Occupancy $109 Double Occupancy ($10 each additional adult). Rates do not include state and local taxes. Offer is limited and is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Reserve your rooms and rate today. CALL 413 781 1010 and ask for the BIG EAST or visit: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1401284763&key=18B4F


Camping: Campers are welcome, with full utility hookups. The charge is $10 per day due in full at the gate to Fairgrounds.


Dining: Eastern States Exposition provides a varied, home cooked menu at the Mallary Concessions.


Shawn Varner from Council Bluff, IA, has an extensive beef cattle judging background including:
• 2012 American Royal Lowline Show
• 2013 Iowa Angus Assoc. Preview Show
• 2013 No. Star Classic Jr. Show
• 2013 National Western Maine Anjou Pen Show
• 2013 American Royal Market Beef Showmanship
We are pleased to have a judge with this national experience judging The Big East's following shows: showmanship, jackpot steer and jr. heifer shows.


Matthew C. Claeys from West Lafayette, IN, grew up in Atkinson, Illinois and attended Black Hawk East Community College and the University of Illinois. He was a member of the judging teams at both colleges. After completing the B.S. degree at Illinois, he completed his Master’s degree at Auburn University and was the judging team coach. He served as Livestock Specialist for NC State University and worked on a PhD. After ten years at NC State. In 1998, he moved to Purdue University as the Beef Cattle Specialist and Livestock Judging Team coach. He has judged over 450 shows across the country. Matt has a remarkable background in animal growth and development, nutrition, and breeding and genetics.He has designed innovative breeding programs for successful producers in the beef industry He and his family have a small herd of Angus cattle and are active in 4-H and FFA. He has worked in the beef industry in Western Africa, South America, US and Canada.

Matt will be judging Jackpot Heifer and Youth Steer.


Bedding: Sawdust 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 www.twistoffatespinnery.com. 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.


Entry Form

Online Entry

Rules and Regs

Show Schedule


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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