By TEDDYE SNELL
Local 4-H’ers and members of the Future Farmers of America will be strutting their charges this weekend as the 2013 Cherokee County Livestock Show gets under way.
According to Carl Wallace, 4-H educator for the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service, entries are on-par with the number the show has had in the past several years.
“We have about 150 kids exhibiting various breeds of livestock,” said Wallace. “In all, we’ll have about 400 head shown throughout the weekend.
The event will be held Friday through Sunday, March 1-4, at the rodeo grounds south of Tahlequah, across from Sequoyah Schools.
This year’s show has been dedicated to Gerald and Doris Halpain. According to information provided by Wallace, the Halpains have been involved with the Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show for over 30 years, beginning in 1980, when their daughters showed cattle. Gerald continues to serve as beef superintendent for the event.
“Their support has continued over the years, long after their daughters graduated,” said Wallace. “They are always willing to help and encourage exhibitors with their livestock projects.”
The show features exhibits of heifers, steers, lambs, market goats and swine.
“The top 20 in every species are selected for the premium sale we’ll have Monday night,” said Wallace. “This will mean we’ll have 80 head in the sale for business owners to come and buy. It gives the kids a great feeling of accomplishment to have their exhibits selected and sold at this final event.”
The show ends Monday, March 4, with the sale, but the exhibitors won’t have much time to rest, said Wallace.
“On Tuesday, kids who have goats will go on to the Muskogee Regional show,” said Wallace. “The days following that, the rest – beef, lambs and swine will be shown. It’s a very busy 10 days for our kids.”
After the Muskogee show, exhibitors will have a week off to prepare for the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City, slated for March 15-26. Last year, the OYE recorded record-breaking attendance, with over 7,000 exhibitors from all 77 counties.
Wallace believes youth involved in showing livestock learn valuable skills for adulthood.
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