AUSTIN — Some of the top dogs in the world of swine will be found in Austin later this summer.
The National Barrow Show, billed as the "World Series of swine shows," will be held Sept. 7-10 at the Mower County Fairgrounds.
Many of the nation’s top breeding boars and foundation females, purebred breeds and collegiate judging teams will participate.
This year’s show has a few changes from past shows, including consolidation of the purebred shows and sales to one day, and the addition of another purebred breed, bringing the total number of breeds to nine.
The four-day show begins Sept. 7 with the fifth consecutive collegiate meats judging contest hosted by Hormel Foods. At 4 p.m., the Junior Showmanship Contest gets underway.
The awards in the collegiate meats contest will be presented at 8 a.m. Sept. 8. At 8:30 a.m., the Junior Classic Market Hog Show starts, followed by the Junior Classic breeding gilt event at 4 p.m.
The community pork chop dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Plager Building.
The collegiate judging contest starts at 8 a.m. Sept. 9, preceding the 4-H and FFA judging contest. The day also features the individual Market Hog Show, the truckload show and Hog College Home Run Drive, concluding with an awards ceremony for the collegiate judging contest.
The breeding stock shows for nine purebred breeds and crossbred hogs begin at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10. The breeds are Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted, Yorkshire and the newest breed, Hereford. The sale of the purebred breeds and crossbred boars and gilts follow the shows.
The National Barrow Show is open to the public. The show is organized annually by the National Association of Swine Records, and is assisted locally by the Austin Area National Barrow Show Committee. The local group is made up of area residents and representatives from several organizations, including the Mower County Fair Board, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Austin.