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June 3, 2014

Dairy Days tradition continues in NW Ark.

Parsons, Kansas — Youth from around the area will head to Bentonville, Ark., for the 25th Annual 4-State Dairy Days and Dairy Camp on June 19-22.

The event will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds for 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members, ages 5 to 19, from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kan-sas .

The weekend kicks off with a dairy camp organized by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Thursday and Friday, June 19 and 20.

Activities include workshops on grooming and clipping, dairy showmanship, dairy knowledge, marketing dairy products and dairy careers.

For more information about the camp, contact Steve Jones at the University of Arkansas, sjones@

Friday’s Dairy Days events include an Arkansas Dairy Ambassador Contest, Dairy Skill-A-Thon, quiz bowl contests, Dairy Olym-pics and an ice cream social.

On Saturday, the Select Dairy Heifer Sale will be held along with a silent auction, dairy judging contest, a senior fitting contest and showmanship competition.

The All-Breed Dairy Show, including Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Red and White, and Milking Shorthorn classes will take place on Sunday, followed by a dairy commercial heifer show.

The annual 4-State Dairy Days is organized by the Benton County Dairy Industry Association to promote the dairy industry by providing opportunities for youth to learn and compete in a fun, safe, family-friendly environment.

Event coordinator Nikki Crawley of Crawley’s Valley View Farms at Gravette expects to have more than 50 youths participate this year.

Crawley said advance registration is up due to promotion of the event as well as word-of-mouth recommendations from past participants.

For more information, visit or contact Tim or Nikki Crawley at 479-291-4552 or tl

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