The eighth annual Tulsa Farm Show will be packed with new exhibits, returning favorites when it comes to the Expo Center on the Tulsa Fairgrounds, Dec. 6 to 8. All the features and events of last year's Tulsa Farm Show will be returning for 2001, with numerous additions and expansions.

Craig Cameron's Young Horse Training seminars & demonstrations, sponsored by Sutherland's, promise to amaze attendees as he returns for his sixth year at the show.

Oklahoma State University will disseminate the latest on timely topics. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Ag Safety Forum will run continuously all day in booth 920 and has been expanded to include a special fire and electrical safety segments.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture will present a great program Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m., unveiling feasibility study data generated by the department as they set up a new co-op in eastern Oklahoma. The co-op program is intended to assist agricultural producers in evaluating the value-added potential of co-ops while informing about start-up resources and financial resources available from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

New for 2001, from the department of Agriculture, will be the Ag in the Classroom Exhibit with exciting insights into agriculture for students of elementary age and older. The always popular Livestock equipment demonstrations will be presented daily, and the exhibitor displays will showcase everything new in agriculture.

Ron Bormaster, show manager, stated, "We're making every effort to make the Tulsa Farm Show a complete and unique salute to agriculture where active farmers and ranchers can evaluate agricultural products and services, pick up valuable information and enjoy a great time socializing with others involved in the industry."

Craig Cameron will start a different, unridden, halter-broken, 2- to 3-year-old horse each of the three days of the show, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Dec. 6 and 8, and at 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Dec. 7, at the corral at the wst end of the exhibit area. These are young horses from the Tulsa area which Cameron has never seen before, but his almost magical manner with them will have them responding by the end of the seminar.

"These horses have been handled, but never ridden, so we are hoping to get further into the training process with things like introducing the bit, teaching leads, gaits, trailering and more," Bormaster said. "This year, Craig will also deal with problem solving in older horses, including trailering, as well as passing on tips for introducing youngsters to horsemanship. Craig is a must see for anyone who rides or owns horses." Cameron will be available to attendees at the Sutherland's exhibit (Booths 1008 to 1015) between performances. Sutherland's is sponsoring Cameron's appearances and supplying the stalls and corral used for the horse training presentations. Marketing Director, John Sampson, commented, "Farmers and ranchers have told us the Sutherland's display is one they really appreciate because of the great values they offer at the show." Watch for more during Sutherland's Early morning segment Dec.6, on Tulsa's Channel 6.

For the third year, two, three-person teams from each of the five FFA regions in Oklahoma will compete for Honors and Scholarships Dec. 8, at the all new Tulsa Farm Show.

"We want to publicly honor those kids who are committed to pursuing careers in agriculture and reward their efforts," said John Riles, president, Midwest Shows Inc. "The scholarships are for post secondary education in an agricultural field, paid to the student after completion of their first quarter or semester with a 2.5 GPA."

Bormaster added, "This is the third in an annual series of competitions here at the Tulsa Farm Show. Through this event we hope to encourage young people to continue the traditions of progressive farming and ranching that have made this country the most efficient producer of food for the world market."

Thirty youth from all regions of Oklahoma will compete beginning at 8:00 a.m., Dec. 8, at the far west end of the Expo Building at the Tulsa State Fair Grounds. Sponsored by Oklahoma Farmers Union, the event will focus on processing cattle as if they were to be added to a herd. Contestants will be judged on skill, accuracy, excellence and efficiency as they sort and process animals through a chute. Scholarship funds and merchandise prizes have been contributed by numerous exhibitors in the Tulsa Farm Show. A complete listing of contestants and Scholarship providers will be published on the Tulsa Farm Show Website, www.farmshowsusa.com, immediately following the show.

"We are very excited about additions made to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Safety presentations," Bormaster said. "We believe they will be very valuable, having the potential to help our attendees avoid serious injury or worse." The Farm & Ranch Safety demonstrations will be continuous through all hours of the show.

A popular returning element includes the new fire safety trailer the Oklahoma Farm Bureau plans to take to elementary schools in all 77 Oklahoma counties to teach fire safety and survival techniques. The trailer can be filled with simulated smoke and used to teach the technique of staying low to move to safety in conditions of reduced visibility. The Oklahoma REC will participate with an all new electrical safety program which includes a spectacular demonstration on lightning. General farm safety and equipment safety presentations will also bring the message of safety to all who visit this terriffic display in booth 920. The farm and ranch safety programs are sponsored by Green Country Ag and Lawn Equipment/John Deere, Tulsa New Holland, Estes Inc., High Plains Journal, Knutson Irrigation, Arctic Cat and General Motors Chevrolet and GMC light truck divisions.

Tim Fuller will add color, humor and expertise to the commentary for the livestock demonstrations, which will be at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Dec. 6 and 7, and at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Dec. 8. Cattle and calf handling with portable panels, pens, and chutes will be featured. Central City Scale (Booth 300), and True Test (Booth 1005), will show scales, Linn Enterprises (Booth 986) will be supplying the main pen and alleys while chutes from eight manufacturers will be shown, as cattle are ear tagged, implanted, and inoculated. Chutes by B bar D Cattle Equipment Company (Booth 983), HiQual Manufacturing (Booth 988), Linn Enterprises (Booth 986), Priefert (Booth 1008), Powder River (Booth 1001), Hay Tech (Booth 982), McNaughton Livestoch Equipment featuring a Pearson chute (Booth 1005), and Cattleac Equipment (Booth 731), will be demonstrated for attendees to evaluate. S and H Trailer (Booth 978 ) is the trailer sponsor for this event and the cattle are furnished by Tulsa Stockyards (Booth 724 ). S and H has been manufacturing quality horse and livestock trailers since 1971, with an outstanding reputation over the years for building top quality steel trailers. S and H is the only trailer manufacturer in Oklahoma today building a premier steel living quarters trailer as well as the only horse trailer manufacturer in Oklahoma using the A40 Galvannealed Steel Skins, which are less corrosive than aluminum.

"The tradition of the finest quality seminars will continue as Oklahoma State University participates in the show for the 8th year," Bormaster also said. Dec. 7 and 8, at 1:00 p.m., attendees can take advantage of the Oklahoma State University Extension service experts' knowledge and insights as they consider relevant topics at the OSU Seminar area at the northeast corner of the exhibit area in the Expo Center. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture will present a "Success Story" for those interested in forming cooperatives to produce value-added agricultural products. This will include a full discussion by experts of all aspects regarding co-op start-ups including management, operations, as well as loan guarantee and grant programs.

Finally, Dec. 8 will feature a drawing for a two-year lease of the winner's choice of a new GMC Sonoma or Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Truck from Tulsa GMC/Chevrolet Dealers. For six weeks people have been able to win chances to win this great prize during remote broadcasts and on air promotion heard on KVOO Radio. The last six chances to win will be awarded Dec. 6 and 7 at the Tulsa Farm Show, and on Dec. 8, everyone winning a chance will have the opportunity to draw a winning key from 70 awarded throughout the promotion. The person drawing the key that starts the truck on display in the KVOO booth will be the winner. Contest rules are available at the KVOO Radio Website, www.kvoo.com Bormaster adds "This marketing partnership with General Motors is a great one, offering the winner the completely new element of choosing from two different trucks for their prize. General Motors is the official truck of the Tulsa Farm Show.

"The Tulsa Show has grown into the premier Ag event in the area. We are very pleased with the progress of the show and have plans to continue to grow and add new, unique elements to the show," said Midwest Shows, Inc., owner and President John Riles. The enthusiastic acceptance of the 2001 show by our exhibitors provides the necessary momentum to realize our plans for expanding even further. The facility here is so well suited for an Ag show that we sincerely believe we will build the Tulsa Farm Show into a show of major regional importance or even national prominence. We have a great exhibitor base showing at this year's show and room for expansion, so we will push ahead with our efforts to add to, and improve the Tulsa Farm Show. Our exhibitors tell us they are pleased with the show and attendance is growing nicely every year, so we can move forward with great confidence as we add space and new features to the show."

Midwest Shows/Farm Shows USA produces seven agricultural shows including Tulsa, OK; Peoria, IL; Vermillion, SD, Fargo, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; and Cedar Falls, IA; and The Austin Home and vacation show in Austin MN.

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