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Little International highlights students’ organizational, leadership skills

The Little International is a cherished NDSU tradition that blends the university’s long-held connection with agriculture and the talents of Saddle and Sirloin Club members. The 93rd annual installment is scheduled for Feb. 8-9.

The Little I is widely known as NDSU’s largest student-run and longest running event. 

“Saddle and Sirloin has about 300 members – we are the largest organization on campus,” explained Kacey Koester, Little I manager and an NDSU senior in animal sciences from Steele, North Dakota. “The club is based on animal husbandry and was established back in 1918. We have students from engineering to pharmacy to consumer science, and, of course, animal sciences.”

This is a hands-on, take charge experience for the Saddle and Sirloin members. A total of 23 committees work on the family-oriented event, which includes showmanship competitions for dairy and beef heifers, pigs and sheep in Shepperd Arena. There also are ham curing and public speaking contests, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and an evening banquet at the Avalon Events Center to honor the Agriculturist of the Year. 

The Little I is a lot of work, but it’s also fun, memorable and educational.

“Every Saddle and Sirloin member gains confidence, and learns responsibility, event planning and communication abilities,” Koester said. “There are many, many skills that will help on their farm or ranch operation and in the business and professional world, as well.” 

Koester urges current and prospective NDSU students to check out the Little I and consider joining the Saddle and Sirloin Club. “It’s a family, that’s what this club is. There’s excitement in the air when we meet each week and it’s a great experience,” she said. “Our door is always open and you’ll meet the best friends of your life.”

To purchase tickets to the banquet, contact Koester at or 701-391-4646.

Source: NDSU News

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