The annual Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) will take place on June 23 through June 25, 2017 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The three-day youth event includes fitting and showing and market and breeding competitions for domestic livestock species of beef and dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

The SMILE Expo is open youth ages 8 to 21 years, resident in the five-county region of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s) and other Maryland counties by invitation. New this year, the show offers a special Novice Showmanship Class for children ages 6 to 7 years. Commencing May 5, the SMILE schedule and registration forms for all breeds and classes will be available to download from the SMILE Facebook page. The deadline for registration is May 25, 2017.

The annual SMILE Expo celebrates the showmanship talents of young people with an interest in raising livestock and is a unique mix of competition, learning and fun. Featured events include an exciting demonstration by Barrel Racing Champion Brandon Cullins and the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) trailer will be on the grounds with educational exhibits and fun activities that highlight the importance of Maryland's agriculture in our daily lives.

Admission is free to the general public to watch the livestock competitions and visit the animal barns, agricultural themed displays, demonstrations and vendors. For more information visit the SMILE website at: www.SMILE-INC.org, or contact Susan McQuilkin at 301-274-1922, Ex. 1.

SMILE is organized by SMILE board members and the collaborative efforts of dedicated volunteers, and is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and others.

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