I had the privilege of growing up in a “typical stock show family.” The kind where anniversaries, honeymoons, holidays and vacations revolve around sales, shows and calving season. Therefore, my first memory of a family vacation and every one since, has revolved around the never too tropical location of the Junior National Hereford Expo.
It’s been almost two decades since my first family vacation to the JNHE. Personally, I can’t imagine a week-long summer event that could be any more perfect.
So, here are my top 5 reasons why junior nationals are the best family vacations, ever!
1. the junior national playlist
Preparing your playlist for the drive, the wash rack and show day takes almost as much time as packing the trailer. And there is no greater accomplishment than picking just the right songs to sing at the top of your lungs on those cross-country drives!
2. The DESTINATION
It’s always so much more than you expected. Whether it’s the unexpected pit stop due to a flat tire, the wrong turn that ends up landing you at the best diner you’ve ever been to, or just setting up layover stops along the way—junior nationals has taken me places I never would have visited on my own.
3. YOUR STOCK SHOW FAMILY
Let’s be honest—your stock show family is really your favorite family! Spending a whole week with your stock show family from across the country is something to look forward to year round.
4. SEEING THE BEST OF THE BREED
Junior nationals are a great place for your family to take part in the best your respective breed has to offer. It’s a humbling experience to see generations of exhibitors and breeders young all gathered in one place celebrating the future of the industry.
5. WHEN THE WORK PAYS OFF
Finally, it’s a great time celebrate your accomplishments as a family. Getting ready for junior nationals is no small task! It’s one that the whole family contributes (many hours and hours of work) to. There’s no better time to come together as a family and reflect on the incredible team that pulled off another successful junior nationals.
Junior nationals have played an important role in my life and the lives of so many others. For that one week in the summer, it is truly the best place to be. And, without a doubt, the best family vacation, ever!
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