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Friday, October 8, 2021

150 4-H and FFA Members Share More Than $300,000 at Tulsa State Fair Market Show
It was not your normal Grand Drive one day and Premium Auction the next day at the 2021 Tulsa State Fair. Tulsa has the reputation of being the second largest market animal show in the state of Oklahoma after OYE- and the premiere market animal show in the fall season. Earlier this year, Brandi Herndon and the Tulsa Ringmasters decided that things needed to change- and that 2021 was the year to do it. For several years- the Tulsa State Fair had held a night of Champions where the four species of market animals were brought together in the Ford Truck Arena where the Grand Champions were selected ahead of the Premium Sale the next day. The 2021 Night of Champions took that model- dumping the Premium Sale and instead asked the major donors to forego the appearance of an auction- donate up front and allow the end of show celebration all to be held on the Wednesday evening- spotlighting the top 150 4-H and FFA members who were the best of the show.

The 150 4-H and FFA members who "made the stage" received cash awards totaling $313,000. The highest single award was for the Grand Champion Steer- $25,000, while sixty two exhibitors received checks for a thousand dollars.

Pictured above: Lacey Lawson of Newcastle FFA, the owner of the Grand Champion Market Steer.

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