Oktaha FFA member Kent Stacy had his hands full for the first half-hour of the Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show’s premium sale Saturday.

After showing his Grand Champion market goat, he had to go back and get his Reserve Champion market goat. He received $700 in winning bids for the night’s work.

“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “You hardly ever win Grand or Reserve Champion, much less win both of them. I tried to put as much time and hard work in them as I can.”

A lot of FFA and 4-H members put hard work and time into their animals. Out of 992 students who showed animals during the show, 163 earned a spot in the premium sale.

Though surprised at getting both top awards in the goat competition, Stacy said he knew the one that got Grand Champion would fare better than his Reserve.

“It’s a little bigger with more pounds of market size,” he said. “It’s closer to the ideal.”

He said the Grand Champion goat weighed about 85 pounds, and the Reserve weighed about 79 pounds.

His top goat netted a $400 bid from the Muskogee County Farm Bureau, while the Reserve got $300 from the Oktaha 4-H and FFA Booster Club.

Stacy, who plans to major in animal science at Connors State College, then at Oklahoma State University, said he now plans to take his goats to the Oklahoma Youth Expo livestock show.

Those who bid on the animals at the Premium Sale are not there to take the animals with them.

Mike Stidham, representing People’s State Bank of Checotah, said bids are usually made to show support for hometown kids.

“People from Webbers Falls help the Webbers Falls kids, people from Vian help the Vian kids,” he said, adding that he was there to boost kids from towns such as Checotah, Warner and Oktaha.

Coweta FFA member Hope Thomas brought what could be next year’s top goat. A three-day old goat, barely larger than a puppy sat on a friend’s lap, its brown ears drooping like a basset hound’s.

Thomas said she hopes to raise it for next year’s regional show. “It will probably weigh 120 pounds when I’m done.”

Swine judging

Muskogee Regional Junior Livestock Show swine results

• Grand Champion: Tyler Enkey, Haskell FFA.

• Reserve Grand: Bailey King, Fort Gibson 4-H.

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