Southwest Farm & Home Expo set for April 5-6
The Elk City (Okla.) Chamber of Commerce and the Elk City Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the 30th annual Elk City Southwest Farm & Home Expo. This year’s event will take place on April 5 beginning at 9 a.m. and April 6 beginning at noon at the Elk City Convention Center located at 1016 East Airport Industrial Road. Admission to all Farm & Home Expo events is free to the public.
Kicking off Saturday’s Southwest Farm & Home Expo is the annual legislative breakfast sponsored by American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company. The legislative breakfast, which will once again be prepared by the Elk City FFA, is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Elk City Convention Center. Guests attending will be able to hear from this year’s speaker, District 57 Oklahoma state Rep. Harold Wright.
Wright, CEO of Wright Wradio in Weatherford, Okla., graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in speech. His interest in radio broadcasting began while working at university and community radio stations while in college.
Wright worked in programming and sales at KWEY Radio in Weatherford. He was sales manager at WMBR radio in Jacksonville, Fla,, before moving back to Oklahoma in 1975 to become part owner and general manager of KRPT Radio in Anadarko.
Wright fulfilled a dream when he purchased his hometown radio station and moved back to Weatherford in 1991. Since then he has added stations in nearby Clinton and Cordell and now operates four stations in western Oklahoma. Wright was mayor of Anadarko from 1985-1987 and is past president of Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters in 1986.
He and his wife, Carol, have two children, Angela and Heston.
As a state representative, Wright has served as majority caucus vice chairman, Conference Committee on Higher Education and Career Tech Chair, Agriculture and Wildlife Committee, A&B Higher Education Committee, Conference Committee on Agriculture and Wildlife, Conference Committee on Rules and represents the Oklahoma counties of Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, and Custer and has served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2009.
Billed as one of Oklahoma’s largest farm and home shows, the 30th Annual Southwest Farm & Home Expo will feature over 100 displays of products and services in farming, ranching, and home and garden items from vendors from across the country. Other favorite events such as the FFA Ag Mechanics Show, Antique Tractor Pull, Chamber of Commerce $1,000 Chamber Dollars Drawing, the Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull, the Best of the West Talent Show and the All Breed Bull Sale will once again be returning to this popular event in Elk City.
Also included in this year’s event will be the 2014 Southwest Farm & Home Expo BBQ Cook-Off. This BBQ Cook-off will be judged on April 6 at Elk City Convention Center beginning at 1 p.m. Awards will be announced by 5:30 p.m. BBQ cook-off schedule includes the Cook’s meeting on April 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m. And, the Check-In and Set-Up beginning on April 5 at 8 a.m. For additional information on how to participate in the 2014 Southwest Farm & Home Expo BBQ Cook-Off call Randy Smith at 580-821-.0803.
Event organizers indicate that the All Breed Bull Sale, which draws people from all over Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and other nearby locations will be comprised of top breeders with bulls ranging from yearlings to 2-year-olds. The All Breed Bull Sale will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the South Exhibit Hall of the Elk City Convention Center.
Now in its 30th year, the Southwest Farm & Home Expo committee and the members of the Elk City Chamber of Commerce prides themselves on prompting education in agriculture. In every year since its inception, the Elk City Chamber has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors who seek to further their education in the farm and ranch industry.
Members of the 2014 Southwest Farm & Home Expo committee include committee co-chairpersons Melody Cummings and Jason Simon, Dusty Davis, Randy Dupree, Kenneth Hart, Cathy Smith, Jimmy Smith, Spencer Smith, Larry Long, David Misener, Randy Smith, Ridge Lowarance, Robert O’Hara, Kathy Giblet, Jodi Davis, Sharon Carpenter, Tawana Thomas, and Susie Cupp.
For additional information about the 30th Annual Southwest Farm & Home Expo please contact the Elk City Chamber of Commerce at 580-225-0207.