Oklahoma Youth Expo 2015 Up and GoingWed, 11 Mar 2015 22:11:52 CDT
The Oklahoma Youth Expo is getting underway at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the livestock show of cattle, hogs, lambs and goats. OYE Executive Director Tyler Norvell said the show continues to grow to impressive levels.
“It continues grow every year, it just overwhelms me that we continue to grow,” Norvell said. “This year we have 16,375 entries.”
To have that kind of support is amazing, but if the event continues to grow Norvell isn’t sure where he would put the livestock. He said that’s a great problem to have. The impact of OYE on the state is enormous. In having record entries, that bodes well for the district livestock shows and local shows as well. Norvell said the stronger OYE is, the stronger the district shows are, the stronger the county shows are and it trickles down.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Norvell on the first day that animals were being accepted at State Fair Park. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.
As exhibitors and visitors come out to this year’s show, they will find logistics more challenging with the construction taking place at the State Fair Grounds. Norvell said the reconstruction with all of the animal barns is finished, but parking will require attendees to walk further than in previous years. He said visitors can park south of all of the barns or further east of the construction area.
Youth exhibitors are bringing in their tack, animals and are getting set up. The first show begins on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8 a.m with the purebred breeding gilt show and Saturday, March 14 is the commercial gilt show. The breeding cattle shows begin on Sunday, March 15. For a full list of OYE events, click here.
The Grand Champion Drive selection takes place on Thursday, March 19th at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Norvell invites everyone to come out to enjoy the event. That evening they will recognized individuals that have exhibited Grand Champions in the past at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
“We’re going to have some special seating and recognition for you and your family that evening,” Novell said.
OYE will concluded with the Sale of Champions on Friday, March 20th at 4 p.m. in the State Fair Arena. Norvell anticipates the expo will break the record for the premium sale with over $1 million dollars in premiums handed out that night.
Tyler will also be joining Ron for his weekly In the Field report on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City market on Saturday morning at 6:40 AM.
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Reports will be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet- our reports of the 2015 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here. We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2015 OYE Album of Photos on FLICKR, found here.
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