Junior Nationals

The American Junior Aberdeen Association hosts an annual Junior National Show each June. It is held at a different venue every year in order to make use of different educational opportunities in the area and to help make the distance accessible to juniors in different areas of the country. 

Team fitting

Youth members may compete in various competitions including skillathon, marketing, ultrasound, fitting, livestock judging, showmanship, barnyard races, and of course… the junior show. 

The Queen, Princess, and AJAA Board Member interviews and selection are conducted during the annual Junior National, to serve for the next year. The annual meeting is also held and scholarship winners are announced.


AJAA 2023 Junior Nationals “Herdin’ on the High Plains” will be in McCook, Nebraska at the Red Willow Fairgrounds June 27-July 1, 2023.
More information coming soon.
See 2022 schedule below to give you an example of the events at Junior Nationals.


Monday June 20
9 am   Cattle may start arriving

Tuesday June 21
9 am- 12 pm Check-in/Register- Tattoo and Paper Check/Turn in Poster Contest
10am- 12pm UltraSound Competition
12 pm Cattle must be in place
12 pm – 1 pm Sponsored Lunch
1 pm – 1:30 pm Opening Ceremonies & Group Photo (wear show shirt)
2:30pm – 5:30pm Livestock Judging
6:30pm Potluck Dinner

Wednesday June 22
8 am Morning Roundup
8:30 am – 9:30 am No-Fit Showmanship Clinic
9:30 am – 11:30 am Sullivan Supply’s Stock Show U No-Fit Showmanship
11:30 am – 12 pm Over the Hill Showmanship
12pm-1pm Sponsored Lunch
1:30 pm- 4:45 pm Trans Ova Tour
6 pm Junior Board Candidate and Queen Interviews
7 pm- 9 pm Social Get Together at Host Hotel

Thursday June 23
8 am Morning Roundup
8:15 am – 9:30 am Fitting Demonstration
9:30 am – 11 am Sullivan Supply’s Stock Show U Team Fitting Competition
11 am -12 pm Clean Up Fitting Competition
12 pm – 1 pm Sponsored Lunch
1 pm – 2pm Annual Meeting
2:30pm – 4:30pm Quiz Bowl
5pm-7pm Water Park Social

Friday June 24
8 am Morning Roundup
9 am – 11:30 am Showdown Showmanship
12 pm – 1 pm Sponsor Lunch
1:30 pm – 1:45pm
1:45pm – 3:45 pm
Team Marketing Demonstration
Team Marketing Competition
6:30 pm – 8: 30 pm AJAA Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Saturday June 25
7:30 am Morning Roundup
9 am Bred and Owned
Following Bred & Owned AJAA National Show

*** Presentation of Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor will follow the conclusion of the show***