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65th annual Cleveland County Junior Livestock Show set for March 2 to 5

By Justin McConaghy

Cleveland County 4-H educator

Oklahoma

It's that time of year again--time for livestock shows. Both 4-H and FFA members have been working hard all winter to reach the point of the county livestock show to exhibit their prized animal. This year the show will take place March 2 to March 5 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman.

A livestock show is an event in which the youth of this county are able to exhibit their show projects to a judge, who places the animals by meat or breeding quality standards. Four species of livestock that will be exhibited at the county stock show are the cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats.

4-H youth involved with this program will range in age from 9 to 19 years of age and will represent every community within the county. FFA students will range from freshmen to seniors. These kids come from both the urban and rural parts of the county and all walks of life.

What can I expect to see at the show? Of course, you will see a lot of animals being led around and exhibited, but it is the behind the scenes activities that make the program what it is. If you look down any aisle at the show barn, you will see kids having fun working together as a team to get their animals to the point to where they look their best.

Shows are a competition, and the winners do receive prizes. Show participants receive awards based on their placing in class and in the show overall. After the show is completed on Friday night there is a bonus auction for the animals that place at the top of their species. At the bonus auction premiums are provided by local donors to the youth so that they can continue their show projects the next year.

This 4-H/FFA livestock program has been a part of Cleveland County for 65 years and continues to help develop the youth of Cleveland County. During the week of March 2 to 5, the tradition of showing will continue with the Cleveland County Junior Livestock Show. All are welcome to come and visit the spring show free of charge and visit with the 135 youth that will be exhibiting their 280 projects and see for yourself what kind of impact show projects have on youth and what impact the 4-H and FFA youth have on the county.

Show Schedule:

--March 3

8 a.m.: Swine Show

--March 4

10 a.m.: Lamb Lead Show

11:30 a.m.: Meat Goat Show

12:30 p.m.: Sheep Show

6 p.m.: Beef Show

--March 5

6:00 p.m.: Presentation of awards

7:00 p.m.: Bonus Auction



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