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Kelcey Hoffmann, manager of the North Star Classic, welcomes everyone to the show.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A new element has been added to this year’s North Star Classic cattle show, a Ranch Rodeo will be held on the opening night of Nov. 28. The exciting event will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Arena of the Valley Center Winter Show Events Center.

“We wanted to introduce an entertainment element into the North Star Classic this year,” said Kelcey Hoffmann, manager of the show. “This will also bring some of the community up to the Winter Show Events Center and introduce them to the concept of the North Star.”

The 19th Annual North Star Classic (NSC) runs Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 2.

The Dinner Show will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29 and will feature new entertainment this year, “Church of Cash.” This event will feature a delicious supper and some great entertainment.

Whether you are an ol’ timer that grew up listening to Johnny Cash in your tractor or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash will bring his music with style and energy.

Tickets for the Nov. 29 6:30 p.m. show, held at the Valley City Eagles Club, will be on sale at the Winter Show office.

Open show on Friday – Cattle show activities at NSC get underway on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 a.m. with the Open Show.

“From interest we have received regarding the shows and sales, we expect to have more cattle than what we have had in the past few years,” Hoffmann said.

For the Open Show, the Main Arena will be split into two show rings and this is the show order for the day:

Arena 1 – Limousin, Chi/Chi-Influenced, Galloway, Sim-Influenced, Charolais, Simmental, Maine/Mainetainer, Gelbvieh, Red Angus and Other Breeds.

Arena 2 – Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Commercial Heifers and Shorthorn Plus.

A minimum of five entries need to be shown per breed and if that requirement isn’t met, the breed will be shown in the Other Breeds category.

At 3 p.m. the Livestock Honoree will be recognized. This year’s honoree is Ron Zimprich, NDSU Swine Research Unit manager. The selection of the Supreme Individuals from the open show will follow.

The day’s activities conclude with the Cattlemen’s Ball and Sale, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. This event will feature a supper, a sale of five elite lots from the cattle show and a raffle drawing for additional prizes.

Saturday is pen shows and sale day – For youth taking part in the NSC, a judging clinic will be held at 8 a.m., followed by a fitting clinic at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1.

The pen shows will begin at 10 a.m. in the Frontier Arena, with the following show order: Hereford, Red Angus, Limousin, Angus, Shorthorn, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Other Breeds and Simmental. The heifer pens will be shown first in the order listed followed by the bull pens. A minimum of two entries will be needed to be shown per breed, if not, the breed will show in the Other Breeds show.

The activity switches back to the Main Arena at noon with the “Fairest of Them All” show. This show will feature a champion heifer from various counties around North Dakota, all competing for the chance to win $750 for the Grand Champion.

Three sales will be held during the afternoon, with the Angus sale kicking things off at 1:30 p.m. in the Frontier Arena. This will be followed by the Hereford sale at 2:30 and the Club Calf and All Other Breeds sale at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday’s activities conclude with Junior Showmanship competition at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Arena. Three divisions will take part in the action – Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions.

Junior shows on Sunday – The split Main Arena will again be used for the Junior Shows on Sunday, Dec. 2, with the following show order for each arena:

Arena 1 – Red Angus, Gelbvieh, Maine/Mainetainer, Commercial Heifer, Charolais, Chi/Chi-Influenced, South Devon, Limousin and Angus.

Arena 2 – Hereford, Sim-Influenced, Lowline, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus and Simmental.

Following the Junior Breed Shows there will be an Overall Junior Supreme Heifer Show and after a half-hour break the AgCountry Junior Market Steer & Heifer Showdown will be held.

For more information or registration information, contact the North Dakota Winter Show at 1-800-437-0218 or by email at