The 10-day expo, which is billed as the “World's Largest Junior Livestock Show,” wraps up Monday. The event is a partnership among a number of agencies, including the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State Fair.
The expo includes about 6,000 Oklahoma students showing about 13,500 animals. In addition to cattle, the expo includes categories for sheep, goats and swine. It is open to any student from Oklahoma who is a member of 4-H or FFA.
The expo also includes an art show for students ages 9 to 18 and a day of activities hosted by Oklahoma State University's College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources.
Tyler Norvell, the expo's executive director, said in a statement that the expo teaches students the value of hard work and dedication, as well as providing students with leadership training and life skills.
“We expect to see some terrific kids and livestock at this year's expo,” Norvell said. “It is such a thrill to witness their growth and dedication as we advance our proud legacy into another exciting year.”