The Woodward News

February 23, 2014

District livestock show starts this week

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward County Fairgrounds will soon be overtaken by hundreds of animals as part of the 80th Annual Woodward District 4H & FFA Junior Livestock Show.

The weeklong show will feature various breeds of cattle, swine, goats and sheep all shown by students from 9 area counties including Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods and Woodward.

The fairgrounds will open on Thursday, Feb. 27 for exhibitors to begin bringing in their swine entries as the livestock show will begin Friday, Feb. 28 with the gilt show at 2 p.m.

The barrow show will be held on Saturday, March 1 starting at 9 a.m.

The goat shows are set for Sunday, March 2 starting with doe goats at 9 a.m. followed by the wethers.

Activities will continue on Monday, March 3 with the sheep show beginning at 9 a.m.  Lamb Lead interviews will be held at noon and the ring portion will follow the conclusion of the sheep show.

The fair barns will then be closed Monday evening to allow crews to prepare them for cattle entries, which will come in on Tuesday, March 4.

Heifer entries will then be shown beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, followed by the steer show at 2 p.m.

The judges for this year's show are coming from across the nation with Chris Danner of Chalmers, Ind., judging swine, Jake Thorne of San Angelo, Texas, judging goats and sheep, and Matt Coplain of Nara Vista, N.M., judging the cattle.

The district show will then conclude on Thursday, March 6 with the traditional premium auction serving as the grand finale.

The sale order for the auction will be released at noon on March 6 with an exhibitor's meeting set for 4:30 p.m.  Then a steak dinner will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m., with the participating 4H and FFA students acting as servers, before the premium auction sale starts at 6:30 p.m.

The premium auction will feature 98 of the top animals shown including all the grand and reserve champions from the swine, goat, sheep and cattle shows.  The premiums awarded at the auction go to the respective exhibitor of the animal auctioned as a reward for that student's efforts.

In addition to the premium awards, the auction event also traditionally includes a ceremony in which several scholarships are awarded to deserving FFA members.  The ceremony also features the presentation of the Black Jacket Award, which recognizes a community member who has shown invaluable support to the district show and area 4-H and FFA programs.  Last year the Black Jacket Award was presented to husband and wife Vernie and Melanie Matt.

The co-chairs for this year's District 4-H & FFA Junior Livestock Show will be Bill Fanning and Marlin Trissel.

The show is sponsored by the Woodward Chamber of Commerce and for more information you can contact the Chamber at (580) 256-7411.