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Oklahoma Youth Expo Ready to Roll March 8 With Record High Entries, Says Kass Newell, OYE Executive VP

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:36:47 CST

Oklahoma Youth Expo Ready to Roll March 8 With Record High Entries, Says Kass Newell, OYE Executive VP The 2021 Oklahoma Youth Expo is just days away as the gates open March 8 for what officials expect will be a great event.

Kass Newell, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

Were really excited to have a full show this year, Newell, after having a pandemic-shortened event last year.

The entries are up as it continues to grow, across all species

There are over 21,000 entries, hogs are up 1,000 head, which continues a years-long trend of adding about 1,000 pigs every year, Newell said.

Here is the breakdown for this years show:

Market Steers - 845

Breeding Heifers - 1809

Market Barrows - 7292

Breeding Gilts - 7287

Market Lambs - 2217

Breeding Ewes - 1237

Market Goats - 1355

Breeding Does - 1516

Its going to be bigger than ever, Newell said.

There will be a new tool to help exhibitors check in and navigate throughout the 10-day show this year.

We developed an app several years ago and we have worked with Tyler Powell on several things including a new app this year, Newell said.

Exhibitors will be able to scan a QR code on their back tag using their phone which means no long lines at the computer, she said.

This should help keep everyone safe, Newell added.

During the next few days OYE will be sending out a move-in video and Newell encourages exhibitors to download the latest species-specific app ahead of time and to stay connected to the OYE social media sites.

Were asking all people to wear masks in the show ring as its important for everyone to follow the guidelines, Newell said.

Every other row in the arenas will be marked off with a 50 percent capacity, she added.

Were technically not open to the general public, but we are wanting the families of the exhibitors to attend, Newell said.

I am excited to have the show this year and hopefully provide a little bit of normalcy for the exhibitors, she said.

To view the OYE schedule, click here.

You can click on the listen bar below to hear more of KCs interview with Kass Newell.


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