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March 4, 2013

Area youths prepare for livestock show

Regional event runs through most of week

— After six years of showing cattle, Cassie Hood says she knows what it takes to win a livestock competition.

“Hard work,” the Midway girl said after grooming her sister’s Limousin heifer. “It takes a lot of hard work, and you have to want it real bad.”

Hundreds of 4-H Club and FFA members will show the results of their hard work at the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show. The show, which draws exhibitors from an eight-county area, runs Tuesday through Friday with a premium show sale at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Show secretary Gina Stacy said this year’s show drew 1,994 entries in the four categories: goats, sheep, cattle and hogs. That’s about the same total as in previous years, she said.

Muskogee County Extension Educator David Adams said area families continue to weather a weak economy, and that’s why numbers are not up.

However, that does not keep participants from showing their best livestock.

“The show gives participants the opportunity to have projects and be recognized for the effort they put into their work,” Adams said.

Cassie, who showed her Limousin at the Muskogee County Livestock Show, said she expects to do well at the regional show.

This will be the second time in the regional show for Brittanie Barnard, a Midway junior. She showed a crossbreed sheep at the Muskogee County show.

“I didn’t do so well my first year, so I expect my second year to be better,” Brittanie said, adding that she learned several things over the past year.

“Basically, you’re supposed to feed them more and take care of them more,” she said. “When I get time, I walk him 30 minutes to an hour, usually a mile.”

Kaden Pilkerton, 9, of Porum said he feeds his goat every day.

“I walk him around the yard plenty of times,” Kaden said. “Then we practice our stance. What I do is kind of run with him.”

Practicing the goat’s stance involves pausing every few steps, Kaden said.

“That’s so he gets used to standing still,” he said. “I exercise with him an hour each day. Everyone says to exercise 20 minutes, but I do an hour.”

Another highlight of the Regional Show is the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Muskogee Noon Lions Club. This year’s breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Muskogee Civic Center Arena.

Lions Club President Robert Goolsby said he expects having the breakfast at the Civic Center to draw more customers than when it was at the Muskogee Fairgrounds.

Now in its 45th year, the breakfast raises funds for several club projects, including scholarships for 4-H members, Goolsby said. The club also supports Murrow Children’s Home and the Ark of Faith and has an eyeglasses program.

Goolsby said the club raised $8,000 last year and hopes to raise $10,000 this year.

Food served at the breakfast will come from products made in Oklahoma, including Griffin’s syrup, Shawnee flour and beverages from Love’s Bottling, Goolsby said.

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

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