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OYE Ag Mechanics Sale Raises Over $52,000 for Exhibitors

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 08:36:43 CDT

OYE Ag Mechanics Sale Raises Over $52,000 for Exhibitors The Oklahoma Youth Expo's inaugural Ag Mechanics sale sold the top 30 projects in an online sale and totalled $52,119 with all proceeds going to the exhibitors.

All projects were built by 4-H and FFA students and were exhibited at the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo in March. The top 30 projects were then sold on Big Iron Auctions. The sale brought national and international interest and projects were sold to five states including Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico.

"It is extremely exciting to see the projects our Oklahoma exhibitors built were able to draw international attention," said Bray Haven, Vice President of Operations. "With all proceeds to the sale going directly back to the exhibitors, we cannot wait to see what they'll bring next year to the Ag Mechanics contest."

The 2020 Ag Mechanics contest had more than 100 entries including trailers, livestock equipment, hunting and recreational products, decorative pieces and custom built smokers.

We look forward to the 2021 Ag Mechanics contest.

We covered the 2020 Ag Mechanics contest in a previous podcast for the Road to Rural Prosperity. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director, Ron Hays, spoke to Jerry Renshaw, Superintendent of the first ever Ag Mechanics Contest at the Oklahoma Youth Expo, as well as with students Tracy Criner of Porter, Kody Munoz of Elgin and Wyatt Kappus of Union City. These young men talk about their projects- how they planned and built them and how the skills they have gained will help them in life. Renshaw gives a vision of growing this first Ag Mechanics contest at OYE to a comparable level seen at contests at major shows in Texas, where thousands of men and women compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships annually.

To hear the Podcast, click here, or tap below:

Road to Rural Prosperity · Episode 24- Jerry Renshaw and Ag Mechanics Contestants at 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo

Don't forget you can see all of our official 2020 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, found here.

For more information about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, click here for the home page of the OYE website.



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