Dairyland Classic set for Madison, GA from Sept 28 through Oct. 1

Five breed shows, showmanship and TAG sale included in event

MADISON, Ga. — Dubbed ‘Little Madison,’ the historic charm and southern hospitality, not to mention nice prizes and healthy premiums, await dairy show enthusiasts at the third annual Dairyland Classic September 28 through October 1 at the Morgan County Ag Center in Madison, Georgia.

The show committee is thrilled to have Michael Creek of Boonsboro, Maryland judging five breeds — Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss — and showmanship this year. 

The Dairyland Classic is an open show for junior, youth and collegiate showmanship — open to all states — and typically draws breeders, exhibitors and quality cattle from eight states to historic Morgan County, where event organizers have created what past exhibitors describe as a competitive and enjoyable event.

This includes a southern hospitality exhibitor dinner on Thursday evening, Sept. 29, complete with milk, cheese and ice cream from local creameries.

New this year is a TAG Sale, with entry $150 per animal. Barns open at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 and the TAG Sale animals must be in place by Noon. The TAG sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 and ends at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

Youth showmanship is Friday, Sept. 30, with the popular jackpot showmanship at the conclusion.

Saturday, Oct. 1 is the day for type classes judged by Mike Creek. Heifer classes will rotate through the five breeds beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by the cow classes rotating through the five breeds, and ending with the Supreme pageant.

Subject to change based on funding, the show premiums expected at this point are: $2000 for supreme cow, $1000 for reserve; $1000 for supreme heifer, $500 for reserve. Breed champions will receive a specialty award and rosette. Cow class placings range $10 to $80 and heifer class placings $10 to 60 with showmanship premiums ranging $10 to $100.

“Generous sponsorships provide a draw in premiums and include some very nice prizes,” say co-superintendents Jay Moon and Carol Williams, explaining how the show was born with support of sponsors during the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall of 2020, when many other shows, including World Dairy Expo, were canceled.

Organizers are still seeking additional sponsors as well.

An show entry fee of $25.00 per animal is due with entry and must be received by September 1, 2022. After that date, a late entry fee of $30 per head is due, and no entries will be accepted if submitted after September 12, 2022.

Morgan County Ag Center will allow outdoor camping or campers, but there is no power hookup, water or sewage available. Showers are available at the center. Be prepared to bring a mobile milking unit as no milking parlor is available. Initial bedding is provided with additional shavings available for purchase. No straw is permitted.

Entries are to be completed online, but if a paper form is needed, please call to inquire. No entries will be accepted by fax. For mailed entries, the postmark dates apply to the above dates.

Online entries as well as schedules, lodging, TAG sale rules and forms, and other information about the Dairyland Classic are available at this link: https://showman.app/shows?fbclid=IwAR0_gLM8NN-yMyL-HyDR3oHwVKr-t_MT-Drw9zbNCiQoqryoeCbJMXo0I50#/2022-dairyland-classic-dairy-show

Sponsorship information is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MPEeAEzqVvW2d8-nrNVZdmvHQluxByAD/view?fbclid=IwAR2OdrtL_vp3kr4gWHgdTvr4Ip9rNx0is5rcof6S7czwya51VsWQOBF29kA

For questions, please contact Jay Moon at (706) 818-1873 or Dairylandclassicdairyshow@gmail.com