The North Dakota State University Saddle and Sirloin Club will host the 95th Little International on Feb. 12-13.

“The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-run event on the NDSU campus, involving more than 300 students,” said Kadey Holm, Little I manager and an NDSU senior in animal sciences from Ashley, N.D. “The show features showmanship classes of beef, dairy, sheep and swine as well as ham curing and public speaking contests.

“The Little International also honors an Agriculturist of the Year: an individual who has not only excelled but also contributed substantially to the agriculture industry of North Dakota,” Holm said.

This year’s Agriculturist of the Year is Julie Ellingson of St. Anthony, N.D., and North Dakota Stockmen’s Association executive vice president. Ellingson will be recognized at the Feb. 12 Hall of Fame Banquet with a 5 p.m. social and 6 p.m. meal at the Sanctuary Events Center.

Livestock showmanship preliminaries begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 13 in Shepperd Arena on the NDSU campus, and showmanship finals begin at 5:30 p.m.

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“Our theme this year, 'Pursuing Our Passion,' is so evident in the way that our members have continued to work diligently to make sure this event happens," Holm said. "While we are still preparing the event to be as normal as possible, we are excited to have the opportunity for Walton’s Webcasting to come in and broadcast our event.”

For more information, go to the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NDSUSaddleandSirloin).