Excitement Builds for the 2023 American Gelbvieh Junior Association Great Dakota Classic

LINCOLN, Neb. – The 2023 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Great Dakota Classic is scheduled for July 2-7, 2023, in Huron, South Dakota. With 355 entries from 177 exhibitors traveling from 17 states, it will surely be a highlight of the summer.

The Great Dakota Classic will feature educational contests consisting of prepared public speaking, quiz bowl, sales talk, skill-a-thon, sales talk and livestock judging. Juniors will exhibit their animals and skills during the AGJA National Showmanship Contest, AGJA National Gelbvieh Show, AGJA National Balancer® Show and the AGJA National Steer Show.

The AGJA is excited to welcome Michelle Nielson, Arlington, South Dakota, to serve as the AGJA National Showmanship Contest judge, Scott Bush, Britton, South Dakota, as the AGJA National Balancer Show judge, and Dr. Ryan Rathmann, Lubbock, Texas, to serve as the AGJA National Gelbvieh Show and AGJA National Steer Show judge.

“It never fails with each passing year, the anticipation rises as we near the arrival of our beloved junior classic! This year has been no different. The South Dakota Junior Gelbvieh Association and its volunteers have been incredibly helpful in ensuring all exhibitors, judges and guests experience a junior classic unlike any other. Thank you to all who have supported this annual endeavor,” expressed Jake Renner, AGA member and youth activities coordinator. “The AGJA board of directors have worked tirelessly over the last year to provide its membership with a high-caliber experience filled with leadership, education, growth and memories that will stand the test of time. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Huron, South Dakota, for the 2023 AGJA Great Dakota Classic!”

The AGJA board of directors, South Dakota Junior Gelbvieh Association and AGA staff are excited and look forward to watching champions be selected and memories made in Huron!

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.