News Release, Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission
The annual Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) for youth will take place on June 21through June 23, 2019 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown.
Registration for the show is open to all Southern Maryland youth, ages 8 through 21 years, involved in raising livestock. For over 13 years, SMILE’s relaxed and friendly format has attracted hundreds of children and youth from all over Southern Maryland to compete with their animals in fitting and showmanship and breed competitions for beef and dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs.
New this year, the SMILE Expo will feature a “Pee Wee” Showmanship Class for children 4 years old (as of January 1, 2019) and no older than 5 years of age. “We’re excited to offer this new opportunity,” commented SMILE Chairman Jay Farrell.” It’s a great way to get our little ones involved with livestock at an early age and have their siblings and more experienced kids mentor and help them along.” Pee Wee’s must be accompanied in the ring by an adult and may use a siblings’s animal that is already registered in the show, or a different animal with the appropriate health papers.
The SMILE show also includes special presentations, organized games, and group activities designed to encourage teamwork and build new friendships. The fairground, barns, and show rings will be open to the general public throughout the weekend to visit with the animals and watch the competitions, games, and activities. There is no charge for general admission.
SMILE is organized by SMILE committee members and the collaborative efforts of dedicated volunteers, and is sponsored in part by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and others.