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March 8, 2014

Sale wraps up livestock show

It’s the payoff for young exhibitors’ hard work

Livestock bidder Terry Lockhart was not watching for the best animals Saturday at the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show’s Sale of Champions.

“We’re just looking to help the kids,” said Lockhart, a senior vice president at Armstrong Bank in Muldrow.

Lockhart joined other livestock bidders to support nearly 163 exhibitors at Saturday’s premium sale. Bidders do not take home the animals. Exhibitors keep their animals and the money bid for their animals.

As the sale’s master of ceremonies and auctioneer put it: “It all comes down to this night — to help kids and pay them back for their hard work.”

However, Fort Gibson FFA member Chance Elam, who showed the reserve breed champion Hereford, said, “There’s not a price to be put on my making it here.

“All the hard work pays off when you make the sale,” he said.

Craylyn King of Tenkiller 4-H Club isn’t finished showing her cross lamb.

“We’re going to the city for the Youth Expo,” she said, adding that she’s going to do her best to make the lamb look its best.

The Oklahoma Youth Expo, which runs Wednesday through March 21 in Oklahoma City, draws thousands of young livestock exhibitors each year.

Craylyn said her lamb won grand champion lamb in the Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show earlier this month.

A first-year attempt paid off for Oktaha third-grader Jana Stacy. Her natural breed lamb took grand champion in the lamb competition last week.

She wrapped her lamb in an Oklahoma State University muffler, and she wore a matching scarf when she entered the Sale of Champions ring Saturday. She said she worked hard to get her lamb to look good.

“Every night, I would get up and walk her and set her up,” Jana said.

“Jana just worked every night,” said Jana’s father, Justin Stacy, Oktaha agriculture teacher. “There was a lot of getting knocked down and getting back up.”

Stacy then spoke about the other exhibitors, saying, “all of them had to work hard to get here.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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