By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Students from across Canadian County will showcase the animals they’ve helped develop during the 2021 Canadian County Junior Livestock Show opening this Saturday at the Canadian County Fairgrounds, 220 N Country Club Road.
A premium sale – which may be viewed live both virtually and in-person – will highlight the 49th annual event next Tuesday night.
“The live and online auction will be simultaneous,” Canadian County Fair Board Secretary Brad Tipton said. “Anyone who feels uncomfortable coming out here (to the fairgrounds) in person can log on at http://www.kencarpenterauction.com.
“There’s a section on his website for bonusing, and then there’s one for bidding. The auction will be simulcast on the site; it can be viewed live in Alaska, if that’s where you were, and bidding can be done from there. But you have to register.”
Carpenter is a highly respected auctioneer and member of the Canadian County Fair Board.
Students exhibiting their animals during the junior livestock show March 6-9 are ages 9-19 years and represent FFA chapters and 4-H clubs across Canadian County.
Sheep and goat shows are this Saturday, beef show is Sunday and swine show next Monday.
The top 78 animals judged will make the premium sale set 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the livestock arena.
Returning as auctioneer will be Jon Cooper. Ring men will be fair board Vice President Dan Wedman, Tom Manske and Carpenter.
Animals making the sale will be 38 swine, 20 sheep/wethers, 15 steers/cattle, and five meat goats. Animals will be sold by the head, not the pound.
Bids will be taken for each entry in the show ring. Bidders may pay by check or credit card.
“This is a ‘premium-only’ auction,” Tipton explained. “The youth will retain ownership of their animals.
“It is a recognition for their hard work. This has been a very difficult year with COVID that disrupted the youths’ lives. We’re trying to bring a little normalcy back to them.”
Even people who don’t want to bid at the sale can “bonus” any of the animals to support the student owners.
“They can bonus all 78 if they want,” Tipton said.
Canadian County Fair Board officials emphasized next Tuesday’s youth livestock sale may be viewed live online – or in-person.
Using caution due to COVID-19, the Canadian County Fair Board in January initially voted to have only a virtual auction.
But recently as case numbers have declined and more people have been vaccinated, the fair board decided to allow a reduced crowd in the livestock arena to watch the auction.
Seating will be spaced out and attendees will be asked to wear face coverings while practicing physical distancing.
A traditional presale dinner for buyers and contributors was canceled as Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE) protocols are being followed.
“We are trying to stay safe,” Tipton explained. “We still have to be cautious.
“Again, people who aren’t comfortable shouldn’t feel they have to come out here. They can stay in the comfort of their home or office, log in and be a part of the whole thing.”
Winners at the upcoming Canadian County Junior Livestock Show will advance to the OYE state competition the following week.
To register or for more information about the premium sale,
visit www.kencarpenterauction.com or call Ken Carpenter Auction at (405) 620-1524 or Lauren Carpenter at (405) 496-5253.