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A BIG Visitor at OYE Shows Up- Pro Basketball Star Steven Adams

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 06:11:01 CDT

A BIG Visitor at OYE Shows Up- Pro Basketball Star Steven Adams In 2018, the Oklahoma Beef Council inked a promotional deal with NBA Basketball Star Steven Adams. That deal went public early this year- through this relationship, Adams, known for his aggressive play on the court and humor off, champions Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers by harnessing his love of beef, the role beef plays in fueling a pro basketball player's active lifestyle, and honoring his roots in agriculture. Click here for our story from back in January went the promotional ties were announced.

Part of the promotional efforts included a personal appearance by the Thunder Star- and the Beef Council made arrangements with the Oklahoma Youth Expo to have that appearance happen at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo. Adams spent close to two hours at State Fair Park- and was greeted by members of the Oklahoma Beef Council, who helped coordinate the encounters that Adams had with 4-H and FFA members. From there, Adams did pictures with goat and sheep exhibitors, walked over to the Beef Cattle Barn and talked with some of the exhibitors there, came back to the Super Barn for pictures and an encounter with hundreds of 4-H and FFA members and then finished his time at State Fair Arena as he took in a few minutes of the Beef Showmanship Contest.

At that point, we had the chance to get a couple of questions in with Adams- and he expressed his amazement about all the things going on at the OYE - "it's amazing how these little humans are dealing with these beef animals" as he watched younger 4-Hers compete in one of the Beef Showmanship classes.

You can listen to our brief Q&A with Adams, and with our conversation with Oklahoma Beef Council Board Member Tom Fanning react to the events of the afternoon.

We have built an album of the pictures that we took of Steven Adams' time at OYE on Tuesday- click or tap here to check those pics out. (Our picture here is of Steven and Rancher Jimmy Taylor, who sits on the Cattlemen's Beef Board and is an ex-officio member of the Oklahoma Beef Council)

Our Coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo is once again a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business-click here for their website.

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 2019 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here. We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2019 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.


Ron Hays talks with Steven Adams and Tom Fanning about Steven's Day at the OYE
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