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McDonalds in its 18th Year as Title Sponsor of OYE- Franchise Owner Ed Phillips Says They Are Proud to Support 4-H and FFA

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 09:23:30 CDT

McDonalds in its 18th Year as Title Sponsor of OYE- Franchise Owner Ed Phillips Says They Are Proud to Support 4-H and FFA It's been a long time relationship between the Golden Arches and 4-H and FFA youth that exhibit at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. For 18 years, McDonalds has been the Title Sponsor of the OYE- and most of those years, Ed Phillips, a franchise owner/operator in western Oklahoma, has been a visible cheerleader for the youth showing at OYE. Ed has been a moving, visible reminder of McDonald's with a distinctive McDonald's Golden Arches race jacket. (seen in this picture as Ed was in Lamb class of the Celebrity Showmanship Contest.)

Oklahoma Farm Report's Ron Hays talked with Phillps about why McDonalds is so supportive of OYE and the youth that are showing each March- "we're proud of these kids- we're proud of our farmers, we're proud of our towns. The nice thing with OYE- you don't have to be a superstar- you don't have to have a certain talent...everyone of these kids is a superhero and their real superheros are their parents and grandparents and other family members that are supportinmg them."

McDonalds understands that farming and ranching is an essential part of the food chain- "Without the farmers and ranchers, McDonalds is not McDonalds- no restaurants exist" and Phillips says that they want to encourage these 4-H and FFA members to understand "we want these kids to know that farming is cool, farmers and ranchers are cool and what you are doing at home is cool and we appreciate you doing it."

Listen to Ed and Ron talk about McDonalds and their support as a Title Sponsor of the OYE- click on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story.

Click here for the complete schedule of the 2022 OYE. The complete OYE website is available here.

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You can see all of our pictures from the 2022 OYE in our 2022 OYE Flickr album- available here.

Our stories from the Oklahoma Youth Expo will be located on our website within our Blue Green Gazette pages- and stories from this year and last can be seen by clicking here.



Ron Hays talks with Ed Phllips about the long time support of McDonalds for OYE
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