Oklahoma Youth Expo Leadership Keeping Event Open to Honor Commitment to the Youth Who Prepared Their Livestock to CompeteFri, 13 Mar 2020 17:30:01 CDT
After three days of competition at what has often been called the “World’s Largest Junior Livestock Show”, the Oklahoma Youth Expo continues full speed ahead. However, as OYE President Tyler Novell tells Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, they are in constant contact with state health officials as they monitor the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We’re going to continue to have this event until the health experts tell us to go home,” Norvell said. We defer to the experts and will pack up and go home immediately upon their request.
Why not postpone the event?
“You can’t postpone this event,” Norvell said. “These kids have fed these animals for this time and this date. They’ve worked too hard not to continue.”
Norvell stressed they are following all the health experts’ best practices.
We’re very cognizant and cautious, Norvell said, quickly adding things could change rapidly. If you’re sick, stay home and watch the show online.
Thousands of spectators did just that on Thursday as more than 8,500 people watched the gilt show online.
People want to be here, Norvell said. The excitement is here.
Norvell expressed thanks to the OYE Board of Directors for their strong support- and also said the officials and staff at State Fair Park have gone above and beyond in supporting the 2020 show.
The annual event has become a part of the culture for thousands of rural Oklahomans over the years and Norvell suggested this event is serving as a positive distraction for this year’s competitors.
They need things like this event to keep their minds off what is happening outside the arena, Norvell said.
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