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Held in conjunction with the NSR Summer Type Conference (Open Show)

Rules & Regulations

In some instances, these requirements are in addition to the state of Kentucky regulations. However, they are necessary in meeting other state requirements for purchasers of open show animals through sales as animals are reconsigned to new destinations.

EDUCATIONAL & ART CONTEST RULES*

*As seen in the NJSA Handbook.
Below you will find the rules and regulations for the educational and art contests that will be held at the National Junior Summer Spectacular.

Showmanship Contest
  1. All contestants must be members of the NJSA.
  2. Divisions will be randomly broken into classes according to entries, with no more than 20 exhibitors per class.
  3. Registered Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire gilts or barrows and crossbred barrows or gilts used for showmanship are required to come from a junior exhibitor or open-show entry. It is the responsibility of the participants to make arrangements with another junior member to use their animal. No boars will be allowed in showmanship.
  4. Any animals that do not meet breed eligibility requirements may NOT be used for showmanship.
  5. The divisions will be as of Jan. 1 of the current year: Senior (17-21); Intermediate (13-16); Junior (9-12); and Novice (8 and under).
 Skillathon
  1. All contestants must be members of the NJSA.
  2. No cell phones are allowed in the skillathon room.
  3. Participants will rotate to four stations per age division where they will be asked to perform specific tasks that cover various aspects of the swine industry.
  4. Each station should take approximately 5-10 minutes. Please follow the posted schedules. Each individual is responsible for organizing their time to complete the contest.
  5. There will be a maximum of 10 minutes allowed at each station. After that you will be moved to the next station.
  6. Contestants may be asked to complete a tie breaker station based on their score in the first four stations.
  7. The following are examples of topics that could be used in the Skillathon: Ear Notching, Swine Breeds, Swine Health, Pork Quality Assurance, Meat Cut Identification, Swine Anatomy (External, Internal and Skeletal), Reproductive Physiology, Swine Diseases and Pedigree Information. Reference material may be obtained by contacting the NSR office.
  8. No parents or spectators are allowed in the skillathon rooms.  Youth with special needs will be allowed parental help if they submit this request with their entry form in advance of the show. Students with IEP’s will have access to volunteer assistance. Again, please let NJSA staff know prior to the event.
  9. Once a contestant completes the skillathon, they must leave the skillathon room and contest area immediately to avoid any sharing of answers, etc.
  10. Stations will not be posted prior to the start of the skillathon at regional shows. There will be signs posted at the National Junior Summer Spectacular listing 8 stations, 5 of which are the chosen stations.
Swine Judging Contest
  1. All contestants must be members of the NJSA.
  2. All hogs entered in an NJSA event are eligible to be used for the judging contest, if requested. If the exhibitor or parent wants to drive the hog in the contest, he or she may do so.
  3. Teams must have three to four contestants from the SAME age division. The top three scores will comprise the team score.
  4. Parents are NOT allowed near the judging rings. Assistance will be available to novice or first-time judges who may not understand how to mark their cards.
  5. If a contestant judges up a division, they are not eligible to receive placing points for sweepstakes if they are in the top ten in that division.
      1. Ex: If an intermediate receives 5th place in the senior division they will not receive the 80 points in the intermediate sweepstakes.
  6. Novice exhibitors will judge two classes and answer questions on one class. Bonus questions may be asked to break ties.
  7. The novice will have their own separate contest. A teaching class will precede the contest where available and officials will be given immediately after their cards are turned in.
  8. Junior exhibitors will judge six classes and answer two sets of questions.
  9. Intermediate exhibitors will judge six classes, give one set of oral reasons and answer two sets of questions.
  10. Senior exhibitors will judge six classes and give three sets of oral reasons.
  11. All vulvas and underlines will be considered sound. Please note any differences and be prepared to talk them in oral reasons or answer questions about them.
  12. Soundness is to be judged as is, unless otherwise specified on contest day.
  13. No talking at any time throughout the contest, except between the contestants and group leaders. If you are caught talking one time, you will be warned. The second time you are caught talking, your card will be taken away. The third time you are caught talking, you will be asked to leave the contest.
  14. No cell phones are allowed in the contest.
Swine is Fine Art Contest: Photography Division

The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) and Seedstock EDGE have combined to create the National Swine is Fine Art contest.
This contest encourages NJSA members to use art to communicate about the industry. Entries will be judged based upon their creativity, composition and technical skills such as lighting, color, and focus.
One Photography Contest winner will be chosen for each age division – Senior (17-21), Intermediate (13-16), Junior (9-12), and Novice (8 and under). A “Best in Show” will be awarded for the top entry over all ages and all divisions. The results will be announced at the National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS) in Louisville, Ky.

  1. All contestants must be members of the NJSA.
  2. Each contestant may only submit one photo. Color, black-and-white and sepia entries will be accepted.
  3. All entries must be submitted during check-in on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
  4. The photo must be related to the swine industry.
  5. Photos must be taken by the contestant within the last calendar year.
  6. All entries must be printed as an 8”x10” and mounted on black cardstock.
  7. Artist Statement: The contestant is required to submit a short statement about the artwork.  It should be approximately 50 words, describing the entry, including the media used.  Elementary grade level entries may have teachers/parents assist in writing and/or transcribing the description. The Artist Statement may assist jurors in learning more about the artwork, which could affect judging outcome.
  8. Photos which are deemed by contest jurors to have been digitally altered outside of the ethical standards of livestock professionals and photojournalists will be disqualified. This includes but is not limited to any editing besides cropping, optimizing color levels and saturation and reducing red eye, including artistic filters, digital addition of words and/or sayings and digital manipulation of subject manner such as warping, patching, stamping, etc.
  9. All entries can be used by the NSR, NJSA, and the Seedstock EDGE for publication and promotion.
Swine is Fine Art Contest: Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media Division

The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) and Seedstock EDGE have combined to create the National Swine is Fine Art contest.
This contest encourages NJSA members to use art to communicate about the industry. Entries will be judged based upon their creativity, composition and technical skills such as lighting, color and focus.
One Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media Contest winner will be chosen for each age division – Senior (17-21), Intermediate (13-16), Junior (9-12), and Novice (8 and under). A “Best in Show” will be awarded for the top entry over all ages and all divisions. The results will be announced at the National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS) in Louisville, Ky.

  1. Each contestant may only submit one piece of art, featuring the swine industry, in any medium. (Examples include: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Pen, Oils, Acrylic, Pastels, Cray-Pas, Watercolor, Mixed Media)
  2. Artwork can be no greater than 11x17-inches in size. It must be two dimensional, except for collage entries, which cannot extend more than ¼ inch from the surface. No lights or other electronic accents will be allowed.
  3. Entries that have been electronically produced or altered are not eligible for this category.
  4. Artwork must be completely dried and fixed.
  5. Work on paper should be matted to protect the artwork. Works on canvas should not be matted. No artwork should be framed.
  6. All entries must be submitted during check-in on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
  7. Artist Statement: The contestant is required to submit a short statement about the artwork.  It should be approximately 50 words, describing the entry, including the media used.  Elementary grade level entries may have teachers/parents assist in writing and/or transcribing the description. The Artist Statement may assist jurors in learning more about the artwork, which could affect judging outcome.
  8. All entries can be used by the NSR, NJSA and the Seedstock EDGE for publication and promotion.
  9. Entries may be picked up at the NJSS in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, July 7, 2017.
Amazing Advertising Contest

The National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) and Seedstock EDGE have combined to create the National Swine Amazing Advertising Contest.
This contest encourages NJSA members to improve their communication and selling skills by designing an advertisement for the NJSA. Entries will be based upon how effectively contestants “sell” the idea of NJSA membership by using images, text and design elements.
One Amazing Advertising Contest winner will be chosen for each age division – Senior (17-21), Intermediate (13-16), Junior (9-12), and Novice (8 and under). A “Best in Show” will be awarded for the top entry over all ages and all divisions. The results will be announced at the National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS) in Louisville, Ky. A digital copy of the advertisement will be archived and may be used in publications by the National Swine Registry (NSR), NJSA and Seedstock EDGE magazine.

  1. Each contestant can only submit one, full-page advertisement (no larger than 8.5x11-inches). Color, black-and-white and two-color entries will be accepted.
  2. The advertisement must highlight the NJSA.
  3. The entry should be the work of the contestant and include an attention-grabbing headline, a compelling image and copy or text designed to get other youth interested in the organization.
  4. All entries must be submitted during check-in on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
  5. Advertiser Statement: The contestant is required to submit a short statement about the advertisement.  It should be approximately 50 words, describing the entry, including the unique selling point of the organization.  Elementary grade level entries may have teachers/parents assist in writing and/or transcribing the description. The Advertiser Statement may assist jurors in learning more about the ad, which could affect judging outcome.
  6. All entries can be used by the NSR, NJSA and the Seedstock EDGE for publication and promotion.
Extemporaneous Speech Contest Rules

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Prepared Speech Contest Rules

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State Scrapbook Contest
  1. Each state may enter one scrapbook in this contest at the National Junior Summer Spectacular.
  2. Scrapbooks will be judged on creativity, eye appeal, theme, educational value and neatness.
  3. Scrapbooks must have been designed and put together by NJSA members and will be displayed in the designated area. Parents are encouraged to help.
  4. Electricity will NOT be available for displays due to safety rules.
  5. Scrapbooks must include a label or title with the scrapbook that easily identifies the state and any participants.
  6. Computer generated fonts and designs are allowed, if desired.
  7. Enclose any included memorabilia in a plastic sleeve or use archival spray to protect it.