By Robert Medley
The Canadian County Junior Livestock show gave youth a chance to reap the rewards of their labors at the fairgrounds in El Reno.
It was a much-needed event for youth who have had to endure a year-long pandemic, said Kelly Beck, Canadian County Fair Board Chairman.
Beck said the show was a great success this year.
“It was the best spring shows we’ve had,’ Beck said.
Youth from across the county involved in FFA and 4-H programs showed cattle, sheep, and goats at the fairgrounds. The top 78 animals judged made the premium sale Tuesday in the livestock arena.
An online auction was held at kencarpenterauction.com.
The auction was in-person and online for those concerned with COVID-19. With cases on the decline and more people receiving vaccines, the Canadian County Fair Board voted to allow reduced crowd in the livestock arena to watch the live auction.
“The quality of livestock was top notch. We had good attendance with the parents and kids. It was a real positive experience this time. There was finally a sense of normalcy,” Beck said.
He said there were times that the event was in doubt, but it was pulled off as COVID-19 cases declined.
“We had a plan and we followed it, and everybody did their best to social distance.
Sometimes it is a challenge with animals when they want to go where they want to go.”
The events were livestreamed on the Canadian County Extension Service and Canadian County Free Fair Facebook pages.
“This is something that has been needed. A lot of our kids have been cooped up and they have spent a lot of time and money on these animals, it is nice to get out and get to be rewarded for it,” Beck said.
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