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From Friday through Tuesday, the Canadian County fairgrounds will host the 41st annual Canadian County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Participants from El Reno, Mustang, Yukon, Union City, Calumet and Piedmont will take part in the event.
Brad Tipton, OSU Extension educator and general superintendent for the show and sale, said “quite a few” youth from the area will be showing their animals, “120 or so.”
4-H members, 9 years old, to FFA seniors, 18 to 19 years old, will participate in the show and sale beginning on Friday when the barns open.
Tipton said Saturday will provide the stage for the meat goat show, Sunday has the sheep judging, while Monday features the market swine and beef judging. Then the wrap-up and excitement begins with the premium auction on Tuesday.
Tipton said during the auction, the 75 best-of-the-best animals will enter the ring and be sold.
The money earned from the auction, plus the “bonus” money that can be placed on the animal by friends, family and supporters, topped $172,000 last year and is typically used to help “those youth go on to achieve their goals after they graduate.”
“Most youth are building funds to go to college,” Tipton said. “They are using it to advance their education after high school.”
In addition to the premium auction, Tipton said the show will also bestow four participants with scholarships. This year they had a tie for third place and decided both contestants should receive the money.
Tipton praised the competition and the effort put into by the county participants.
These “deserving youth” and many other junior members “go above and beyond home and school activities” by spending time with these animals, preparing them for show, he said. “They are showing responsibility for their animals.”
Tipton said participating in the Junior Livestock Show and Sale demonstrates dedication and responsibility, and both will follow these young people throughout their lives. The annual show and sale is producing “some talented individuals.”
Last year Union City’s Tanner Allread received the $1,000 scholarship, won grand champion goat wether and also was winner of the national FFA public speaking contest. Tipton said Allread is in his second semester at Yale University, on his way to becoming a lawyer, studying ag law in hopes of helping farmers and ranchers with legal issues.
With Allread’s success, Tipton said he is excited to see the success of this year’s group in both the show and beyond.
For more information on the Junior Livestock Show and Sale, visit www.canadiancountyfair.com or call OSU Extension at 262-0155.