The 68th annual Oklahoma 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Show began today at the state fairgrounds. More than 5,000 animals have been entered for judging and sale, livestock council officials said.
About 3,500 youngsters are expected to show their cattle, hogs and sheep and compete for more than $250,000 in bonuses and premium sale money from the auction, said George Hall, chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Livestock Council.
Hall said this year's total purchases and awards are expected to exceed the record $250,000 carried off by exhibitors a year ago.
The Championship Junior Livestock Auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Jim Norick Arena.
"This is their marketplace. They have earned the right to compete in the show through vigorous competition at the local, county and district level," Hall said.
The show will conclude Wednesday with a gala dinner for exhibitors, their sponsors and the premium auction buyers.
Sponsors include the Chamber of Commerce, Southwest American Livestock Foundation Inc., Sirloin Club of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma State Fair in cooperation with Oklahoma State University. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 114377