The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 6, 2014

Editorial: Enid’s proud to host annual junior livestock showcase

ENID, Okla. — A special event in Enid is ongoing this week at Chisholm Trail Expo Center Pavilion.

For 80 years now, Enid has been host to the Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. This year, more than 800 FFA and 4-H students from across northwest Oklahoma will be here showcasing the animals they’ve been raising, including sheep, swine, cattle and goats.

The show is one of the premier livestock exhibitions in the state, and is a valued part of what makes our area of the state so special. The show is organized and promoted by the agriculture committee of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.

A lot goes into putting on the show, which started Wednesday and concludes Monday. First, there is all the work done by the chamber to get the show organized. We’d encourage you to go out to the Expo Center and see for yourself just how many hard-working people are involved in pulling this off.

We also want to give kudos to the agriculture instructors at the schools across northwest Oklahoma. They work hard with their students. Then, there are the families — mom and dad especially — who give of their time and talents to help their kids feed, groom and take care of these animals.

Most of all, though, we give kudos to the exhibitors themselves. They are showing animals they have raised and are responsible for. That means they need to make sure they are fed every day, that they are groomed, that they are kept healthy. These kids definitely have learned the value of responsibility and hard work.

The steer show begins at 8 a.m. today, while the swine show begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and continues at 10 a.m. Sunday. The livestock show ends Monday with awards and the popular premium sale at 7 p.m.

The premium sale is the time the community really shines. Businesses and individuals pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to the top student exhibitors. They don’t actually take possession of the animals they bid on. Instead, the money goes to the exhibitors as a reward for their hard work.

We’d encourage you to take some time and go out to the Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. It’s one of the events that makes Enid special.

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