The Great Western Shootout is this weekend, July 27 and 28. With a $9,000 guaranteed total payout and the growing reputation of the Woodward County Event Center and Fairgrounds people are coming from miles around to show swine, goats and sheep.
High School sophomores Wade and Wyatt Lively said they are glad their dad’s memory is honored through the Ken Lively Memorial Traveling Trophy. The young men are carrying on a multi-generational family tradition of raising and showing sheep.
“We have two Memorial Traveling Trophies and one of them is in remembrance of Ken (Lively) and what he did for the fair board,” Director Jon Marc Holt said. “It has a memorial written up about Ken and what he did for the fair board and for Woodward County.”
The boy that won the trophy last year is from Cordell and is planning to come again this year, bringing 20 to 30 sheep, according to Holt.
Ken’s Widow Tasha Lively said Ken was very involved through the whole process of remodeling and updating the facility.
“Every month they met to go over every little change,” Lively said. “The biggest thing that they went back and forth over where the washer racks. The wash racks were a huge thing that we wanted them to be accessible for all species and be able to close those up and shut them down.”
Lively said the wash racks and facility are like no other. Sporting hot and cold water, ample ventilation, overhead doors and heaters, they work to keep each species of livestock at the proper temperature for prime showing conditions.
Holt says the fair board is taking this idea of The Great Western Shootout and expanding it.
“We've expanded the show series and hopefully it's going to be twofold,” Holt explained. “We’ve taken it from an idea of one show, to expand it into a series now that we're going to do throughout the year, to create tourism to Woodward.
The swine show starts Saturday, July 27 with entry cards due at 8 a.m. and the show beginning at 9 a.m. On Sunday, the official goat weigh-in will be at 7 a.m. with goat showmanship at 8 a.m. followed by sheep cards due at 10:30 a.m. and the sheep show at the conclusion of the goat show.
For more information, call the Woodward County Event Center and Fairgrounds at 580-334-6282 or 580-334-6023.