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Activities this weekend ramp up to Tuesday's 4-H/FFA Expo

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Ariana Scott, 14, guides her grand champion swine around the auction area for bidders to glance at April 24, 2010, during the 4H/FFA Expo and Auction at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Ariana Scott, 14, guides her grand champion swine around the auction area for bidders to glance at April 24, 2010, during the 4H/FFA Expo and Auction at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, will play host to the 62nd annual Yavapai County 4-H/FFA Expo Tuesday, April 26, through Sunday, May 1, although a horse show and setup for the gathering are scheduled for this weekend.

Michelle Stevens, the 4-H program coordinator for Yavapai County, said the horse show will feature a roping and timed events competition from 4 p.m. to dusk this Friday and an English/Western horse show from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

FFA and 4-H members ages 9-19 from across the county are participating in the expo.

The expo is open to the public, and all of its events are at the Rodeo Grounds. Admission and parking are free.

Starting at 8 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, Stevens said expo organizers will begin pitching the big tents for next week's livestock show and sale, as well as erecting the show ring and animal pens.

Setup for the expo continues next Tuesday in anticipation of the livestock show, which opens Wednesday, April 27, and runs through Friday, April 29.

The expo gets underway at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, with a demonstration and public speaking competition. From there, throughout the week, it will feature everything from goat and dairy cattle shows to dog showmanship exhibitions, as well as one of the main attractions - the Saturday, April 30, auction.

Next Wednesday's happenings include check-in and weigh-in of sheep, goats, swine and beef. Indoor exhibits, small stock conformation and small stock showmanship round out the afternoon.

On Thursday, April 28, the show dedication and opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m., followed by dairy goat, dairy cattle and market beef shows. The 4-H/FFA Exhibits Area will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., while a dog obedience and agility show, in addition to a breeding/market sheep show, take place in the afternoon.

Next Friday's events include a breeding and market swine show at 8 a.m. At the conclusion of the swine show, around 4 p.m., the large livestock round robin begins.

On the expo's last full day, Saturday, April 30, silent food auction items will be available for bid in the barbecue building at 10 a.m. After an auction buyers' sign-in, the expo's barbecue starts at 11 a.m., as will the dog exhibition in the auction arena.

The auction's opening ceremonies start promptly at noon, followed by the auction itself at 12:30 p.m. Organizers encourage the public to arrive early to enjoy the barbecue and visit with exhibitors and their families.

For more information about the expo and auction, including a complete events listing, call the Arizona Cooperative Extension Office at 445-6590 or log on to www.4hffaexpo.org.