‘Buckles and Bids’ bucks into town Thursday night

Benefit to raise funds for county 4-H, FFA livestock projects

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Winner’s Club volunteers, from left, Kyle Worthington, Bandi Oliphant, Tina Beck, Ted Nitzel, April Bow, and Macy Thomas, invite all agriculture supporters to attend the Buckles and Bids fundraising event this Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mathena Events Center in Yukon to raise money for bonusing countywide 4-H and FFA showmen that qualify to participate in the Canadian County Livestock Show Premium Sale held in March. Not pictured is Ginger Allred. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

By Cara Pattison
Contributing Writer

Throw on your boots and fancy duds because the Buckles and Bids 4-H and FFA youth fundraising event will be bucking into town this Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mathena Events Center, 13356 NW 84th St. in Yukon.

Presented by the Winner’s Circle, Buckles and Bids will give participants the chance to donate funds to benefit countywide 4-H and FFA animal husbandry projects.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and parking is free.

Organized by a committee of volunteers who have been active with Canadian County 4-H and FFA programs over the years, their goal is get outside businesses and individuals to be more involved in the Canadian County Premium Auction, which occurs after the Annual Livestock Show each March.

“This will be a fun event for people to have a great evening enjoying the company of other agriculturalists and sponsors,” Winner’s Circle volunteer Tom Manske said.

Event sponsors include Ken Carpenter Auction and Realty LLC; Banner Co-op; Werm Flooring; P&K Equipment; Joe Cooper Ford; and Joe Cooper Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

This fun evening will include a live auction to sell the awards of the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and Bronze Champion of each species shown at the Canadian County Junior Livestock Show in March.

“Traditionally, the Grand Champion 4-H or FFA youth winner of each species – beef, sheep, swine, and goat – at our spring livestock show receives a buckle and chalice that is sponsored by an individual or business,” Manske said.

“At this event, whoever buys the sponsorship of these Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion or Bronze awards will receive a buckle and chalice to display in their office until it is presented at the premium sale in March.”

And new this year, the livestock show will host the inaugural poultry show at the spring livestock show. The Winner’s Circle will sell the grand and reserve grand sponsorships of that division, as well.

Other items up for live bid include OKC Thunder game tickets with a parking pass, custom fire pit, Oklahoma State University Baseball tickets, brand new Savage 208 rifle, and ice chest package with beef, pork and sausage – as well as many other items.

Highlights of the evening include the first-ever buckle and chalice auction, a live concert featuring the Jason Young Band, dancing, a silent auction, heavy hors d’ouevres, and a cash and open bar.

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Proceeds from Thursday night’s Buckles and Bids will benefit 4-H and FFA livestock youth who make the Canadian County Premium Sale, Manske added.

“The Canadian County Spring Livestock Show Premium Sale is the premier event to recognize 4-H and FFA young who have excelled with their animal husbandry projects,” he said. “They compete in their species within class and breed and then an overall grand champion is selected as best of show.

“Following the grand drive, where the top animal of the show is selected, the judge then picks a set number of each species to participate for the honor in the premium,” Manske added. “This year, we are up to 102 animals to be selected for the premium sale. This sale is the opportunity for the kids to receive financial support for not only their current project, but many of them utilize these funds for future projects – as well as college after graduation.”

Tickets may be purchased online by visiting the “Buckles and Bids Fundraising Event” on Facebook. Cost per ticket is $50.

“This is a countywide event,” said Manske, a Canadian County commissioner. “Individuals and businesses from all of our communities are invited to buy a ticket and come join us! It will be a fun night.”