North American International Livestock Exposition Sheep Show Schedule Expanded to Nov. 12-20; New Junior Supreme Champion Ram Class Added

July 7, 2015 …. Louisville, KY. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) officials have announced that the Sheep Division shows and sales schedule is expanded by one day to better accommodate the show’s huge junior events. There were more than 1,600 junior wethers and more than 1,700 junior breeding sheep entered in 2014. Both numbers represent new show records.
This year, the Junior Wether Lamb Show, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, starts at 8 am on Friday, Nov. 13 and resumes at 8 am on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Junior Breeding Sheep Show begins on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the afternoon and continues on Sunday. These earlier start dates mean that all sheep arrival will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, Nov. 11 instead of noon as in prior years. The new arrival deadline for Junior Wether Lambs is Noon on Thursday, Nov. 12. The arrival deadline for Junior Breeding Show sheep remains at noon on Friday, Nov. 13.
The Junior Show Showmanship contests move to Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5 pm.
The popular Lead Line classes start at 4 pm on Friday, Nov. 13. This show also offers special classes for young people. The Photography competition is expanded to two divisions- Black & White and Color. The Fine Arts class will return, however the Knitting contest is discontinued.
Another major addition to the junior contests is the premier of a Junior Supreme Champion Ram award. The Robert Hall Junior Supreme Champion Ewe class continues, and a $1,000 premium is offered for each class and they are part of the Junior Breeding Sheep Show.
Open Shows
In 2015 there are 21 breeds offering open shows. Thirteen of those are National Shows. The show ends on Friday, Nov. 20 with the naming of the Open Supreme Champion. Shows will again be video streamed live on the NAILE website. Video archives of the 2014 are still available on the NAILE’s You Tube channel.
Wool Show
The NAILE Wool Show returns with $2,500 in premiums. Some classes have been revised. Entries must arrive by Monday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 pm. Fleeces are displayed throughout the show week in the South Wing Lobby.
Entry Information
Catalogs containing show information and rules are available for download on the NAILE website at Printed catalogs and entry forms are automatically mailed to those who have participated in the NAILE the past two years. Catalogs are free, and anyone wishing to receive one should contact the NAILE offices at P.O. Box 36367, Louisville, KY 40233-6367, by fax at 502-367-5299, or by e-mail at
Entry deadline for Sheep Division shows is October 1. Exhibitors may submit entries by mail at any time and on the website beginning September 1.
The 42nd Annual NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. During the Expo’s run November 3 through 20, the facility’s entire 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space is used. More than 220,000 visitors and exhibitors attend the event annually.

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