Junior Livestock Show underway at fairgrounds

Mike Erwin |

The 2017 Osage County Junior Livestock Show continues through Friday at the Osage County Fairgrounds’ Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena.

Approximately 130 youth representing 4-H Clubs and FFA chapters from all across the county are expected to exhibit nearly 300 animals, Extension Educator Jessica Jantzen said.

Swine, cattle, goats and sheep will be judged in various show categories. At the same time, the exhibitors — who’ve been working for months to get their animals ready — are being evaluated for showmanship and other qualities.

This is the 82nd year for the county livestock competition, officials said.

The exhibitors and their families began setting up pen areas at the arena Sunday evening. Tuesday afternoon’s weigh-ins for sheep, goat and hogs brought further life to the arena.

Swine competition starts Wednesday morning with the Gilt show, which was to be followed in the afternoon by the Barrow show and the Swine showmanship competition. Entries for Pee Wee Sheep, Swine and Cattle Showmanship are due by 3 p.m. and those competitions begin at 6 p.m.

Heifer check-ins at the Livestock Office run from 5-7 p.m. All steers are expected to be in place and the ticket money for steers and heifers should have been turned in by Thursday morning, when steer weigh-ins are scheduled from 8-9 a.m.

Sheep Show and Showmanship starts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and will be followed by the Goat Show and Showmanship events. Still exhibit entries are due at the concession area at 1 p.m. The Heifer Show is set to begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the Steer Show at 6 p.m. Beef Showmanship continues the Thursday schedule. All sale changes must be turned in to the office by 9 p.m.

Friday activities get started at 9 a.m. when 4-H and FFA Members compete in the Livestock Judging Competition, which is hosted by the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Livestock Judging Team. At 3 p.m., exhibitors are to meet beside the concession stand to begin cleaning up and decorating for the BBQ and other evening events.

The Livestock Show BBQ (catered by Danny’s BBQ of Ponca City) gets underway at 5 p.m. Tickets for the BBQ cost $10 and will be available at the door.

Around 6:30 p.m., an Awards Program begins which will lead up to a 7 p.m. start for the Livestock Show Auction. Persons interested in buying an animal at Friday’s sale should send an e-mail to Jessica.jantzen@okstate.edu. (Buyers will be seated in a reserved area and are to be served by 4-H and FFA exhibitors from 5-6:30 p.m.) Several guest auctioneers will be helping out with the sale, as bidding continues on into the evening.

The 4-H and FFA families will be tearing down their pens and cleaning up the exhibit areas from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s Livestock Show sponsors include feed stores, ranches, banks and other businesses. Osage Casino is the primary sponsor of this year’s BBQ and the Choctaw Nation has donated toward the premiums for many of the show exhibitors. The $1 raffle tickets sold by exhibitors will be drawn throughout Friday evening’s auction. Tickets are for chances to win one-half of a beef donated in memory of Fred A. and Ruth Drummond, or a hog donated by Blue Sky Bank, Osage County Farm Bureau, American Heritage Bank, Osage Region and Hominy Animal Clinic.

To find out more about the livestock show, 4-H or how to support youth livestock projects, contact the Osage County Extension office at 918-287-4170.