Big Three Field Day Underway at OSU- Showcasing Youth From Across OklahomaWed, 16 Jul 2014 04:27:30 CDT
More than 1,500 youth from across the country are in Stillwater this week for the Oklahoma State University Big Three Field Days. The event is getting started today and will continue through Thursday, July 17th. Oklahoma State University Extension Youth Livestock Specialist Rusty Gosz says over three days, youth from eight to 18 years old judge swine, cattle, sheep and goats.
"It's a tremendous event that not only allows us to host a judging contest and get to really see different classes and let kids workout and have their coaches work with them," Gosz said. "But we really get to open our doors, Oklahoma State University, and show off who we are and really let people see us and interact with us and it really turns into a recruiting event for us also."
This event is a great way to introduce youth to livestock judging with a relaxed learning environment without the pressure of giving oral reasons. Gosz says for the older youth this has become a fierce competition.
"The sweepstakes is hard to win," Gosz said. "To win the overall championship over the three days is tough deal and there are some tremendous scholarship monies and some really valuable honors that people will come from Georgia and Maryland to try and compete for and win, cause its also a big deal."
The Field Day attendance continues to break records annually along with number of states attending the event continues to grow. Gosz says we will always "hang our hat on" livestock judging events instilling life skills.
"That decision making, that communication skill, the team work, the confidence and responsibility that it instills in our kids, is why we do this," Gosz said. "That's why the
field days is here and they come from everywhere and that's why we do it."
The event was started back in the 60's as a field day for the swine industry. From that the late Dr. Joe Hughes and late Dr. Robert Totusek developed the Big Three Field Day to show a different livestock species each day and the event has grown to be a longstanding legendary OSU tradition.
As far as the future of the event, Gosz says there is a balance of honoring what has been started and introducing things that are current, fun, educational and to the benefit of today's youth as compared to 30 years ago.
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