67th Annual Cleveland County Jr. Livestock Show
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 February 29 – March 2 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
A livestock show is an event where 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. In the past, the four species of livestock that have been exhibited at the county stock show are the traditional cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats. This will be the second year that the Cleveland County Junior Livestock Show Organization has added chickens to that list.
The new market broiler trio show allows kids who do not have a large amount of space for a grazing animal or the finances to feed a larger animal to be able to participate in the show by raising chickens. Each kid participating in the broiler show was given 25 baby chicks in early January and will get to pick out their best three chickens to bring to the show. The broilers will show at 5:00 p.m., after the sheep show, on Thursday, March 1.
4-H youth involved with this program will range in age from 9-19 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 a person expect to see at the show? Of course, you will see lots 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 isle 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.
The most important thing that the kids learn from raising an animal for a livestock show is responsibility, which is a life skill that many kids today do not have an opportunity to learn.
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 67 years and continues to help develop the youth of Cleveland County. During the week of February 29- March 2, 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 125 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.
Wednesday, February 29
8:00a.m. Swine Show
Thursday, March 1
10:00a.m. Lamb Lead Show
11:30a.m. Meat Goat Show
12:30 p.m. Sheep Show
5:00 p.m. Market Broiler Show
6:00 p.m. Beef Show
Friday, March 2
6:00 p.m. Presentation of awards
7:00 p.m. Bonus Auction