Some people want some things to stay very much the same, and organizers say that's the case with the Utah State Junior Livestock Show.
The schedule of events for the show, now two-thirds of a century old, looks strikingly similar to the schedule of events for last year's show, except the slight change in dates. That's intentional, according to Bob Brock, show manager.Brock said that participants and spectators alike expect certain events for the show, one of the largest junior cattle shows in the country.
"Even when I was a little boy we had these celebrations. It's something the city looks forward to every year."
Included in the events for the show, which starts Wednesday evening at the city fairgrounds, are traditional marketing and showmanship contests, judging, horse events, a calf scramble and a parade through town, he said.
The city will celebrate Governor's Day on Friday with a visit by Gov. Norm Bangerter and a parade beginning at 800 North and Main Street.
That parade will include buggies, wagons and horsemen to escort the governor and other city officials - including members of the City Council and chamber of commerce, as well as the stock show's managers - to the city park.
Also, the governor and members of the show's committees will be treated to a Western-style luncheon at the city senior citizen center. The city is encouraging residents to show their support by wearing Western clothes during the week, particularly on Friday.
Brock calls the cooperation between the show's officials and city dignitaries (including Mayor Marie Huff's participation on the stock show's presidency) encouraging.
The only new event to this year's show will be a ladies lead parading line in the rodeo arena, held Friday afternoon. Otherwise, traditional events such as the radiational calf scramble and other stock and horse exhibits will be held throughout the week.
Youth from throughout the state come to the show to exhibit their Future Farmers of America and 4-H livestock projects, Brock said, so it's no wonder that the city is excited.
"Everyone who goes to any of the events should have a really good time. I've been looking forward to this all year."
Schedule of events
Schedule of events for the 67th annual Utah State Junior Livestock Show (all events held at the Spanish Fork City Fairgrounds unless noted): Wednesday, May 1
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Receiving and weighing market animals. Animals will be weighed only once.
5:30 p.m. - Exhibitors meeting (auction ring).
6:30 p.m. - Market hogs fitting and showmanship contest.
7:30 p.m. - Market beef fitting and showmanship contest.
8:30 p.m. - Market lambs fitting and showmanship contest.
Thursday, May 2
8 a.m. - Judging of market hogs.
9 a.m. - Judging of breeding sheep.
Noon - Judging of market beef.
3:30 p.m. - Breeding beef fitting and showmanship contest.
4 p.m. - Judging of breeding beef.
6 p.m. - Judging of market lambs.
Friday, May 3 - Governor's Day
8 a.m. - Future Farmers of America and 4-H horse judging contest.
9:30 a.m. - FFA and 4-H livestock judging contest.
10 a.m. - Parade down Main Street in honor of Gov. Norm Bangerter.
10:30 a.m. - Junior horse events.
Noon - Spanish Fork luncheon in honor of the governor and all committees, at the Spanish Fork City Senior Citizen Center, 167 W. Center.
1 p.m. - Junior dairy judging.
3 p.m. - Calf scramble.
4 p.m. - Ladies lead line at the rodeo arena.
7 p.m. - Exhibitors jamboree at Spanish Fork High School, 99 N. 300 West.
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m. - Sale of market stock.