February 10, 2016

Contact: Katie Roberti

Cal Poly's Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show to Run Feb. 12-14 in Paso Robles

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show — the largest student-run exhibition of its kind on the West Coast — will run Friday to Sunday, Feb. 12-14, at the Paso Robles Event Center.  

Western Bonanza began as a senior project in 1985 and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful student-run jackpot shows. More than 550 exhibitors and 2,000 head of steers, heifers, lambs, hogs and meat goats are entered in the show. This is the show’s 32nd year.

Exhibitors from Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Washington and more than dozen California counties will show their animals in four categories: beef, swine, sheep and goats. A management team of 30 Cal Poly students and more than 100 committee members from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences host the junior livestock show. The free event is open to the public and livestock enthusiasts.

“I joined Western Bonanza because I wanted to be part of putting together a highly respected livestock show and to meet new people who value the same things I do," said Rachel Wehrman, a freshman agriculture and environmental plant science major. 

Exhibitors ages 9 to 19 show off their prized livestock in hopes the judge will choose their animal as champion. Along with the livestock show, Western Bonanza includes a trade show with vendors offering Western apparel, accessories and animal food.

For more information about Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza and a full show schedule, visit Find “Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show” on Facebook, on Twitter @WesternBonanza and on Instagram @WesternBonanza for up-to-date news during the show weekend. The show will be broadcast live at

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land  orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

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