The 22nd annual West Virginia Beef Expo is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at Jackson's Mill 4-H Conference center in Weston.
Jessica Woodworth, of Mineral County, will be crowned the new West Virginia Beef Queen on Thursday evening by retiring queen Stacyln Evans, of Doddridge County. Woodworth will reign over this year's Beef Expo and will represent West Virginia and the Beef Industry Council by promoting beef at various events throughout the year.
Events scheduled for Friday will be the Stockman's Judging Contest, a competition that tests overall knowledge about the beef industry; the Beef Ambassador Contest; youth Beef Cook-off; photo contest; and cattle shows. The banquet Friday night will feature Nick Lakin.
Organizers say this year's expo promises to be an excellent event for producers, suppliers, consumers, juniors and others involved in the beef industry. Forty-plus firms will have their products on display Friday and Saturday and be willing to discuss their applications on West Virginia beef farms.
More than 150 Charolais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Polled Hereford, Simmental and Angus cattle will be on display and offered for sale on Saturday. The sale schedule is: 9:30 a.m., Charolais; 10 a.m., Gelbvieh; 10:30 a.m., Limousin; 11:30 a.m., Red Angus; 12:30 p.m., Polled Hereford; 2:30 p.m., Simmental; and 3:30 p.m. Angus.
The West Virginia Beef Expo is a marketing and educational event operating for the purpose of promoting quality breeding cattle for the advancement of the industry. The expo is a showcase of cooperative efforts of the West Virginia breed organizations, West Virginia Cattlemen's Association, West Virginia Cattle Women, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University College of Agriculture and forestry and the WVU Cooperative Extension Service.
The public is invited to attend any or all of the events with no admission fee. For more information, anyone interested can call the West Virginia Cattlemen's office at 304-472-4020 or a local extension office.