More than 2,700 FFA and 4-H members from over 170 high schools, chapters and counties throughout Texas will gather at Angelo State University’s Management, Instruction and Research (MIR) Center on Friday, April 8, for the fourth annual ASU Invitational Judging Contest.

Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. and judging contests will begin at 8:30 a.m. Contestants will do competitive judging in various categories, including livestock, horse, wool, meats, wildlife, cotton, milk quality and products, entomology, land, poultry, veterinary science, range, farm business management and home site evaluation.

Contests will take place at the MIR Center and at the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena and various show barns at the San Angelo Fairgrounds. An awards ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the MIR Center with the high-scoring individuals in each category winning scholarships.

The MIR Center, commonly called the ASU Ranch, is located just north of San Angelo off U.S. Hwy 87 and Grape Creek Road. The ASU Invitational Judging Contest is classified as a FFA Career Development Event (CDE).

According to the FFA website, “Since 1928, FFA has worked to create events that demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios. CDEs build on what is learned in agricultural classes and the FFA. The events are designed to help prepare students for careers in agriculture.”

For more information, call Dr. Mike Salisbury or Dr. Will Dickison in the ASU Agriculture Department at 325-942-2027.