Comanche County Spring Livestock Show is Under Way!
Marty New, Comanche County Extension Director, said “It’s a group of people who care very deeply about the agriculture youth of Comanche County and put a lot of time and effort into this,” he continued, “without their assistance the show really wouldn’t be possible. They help raise all the money for the prizes and the culminating sale on Friday afternoon.”
The livestock event is one of the longest running showcases around the county. It first started in late 1930 and later in the 1950 the Saddle & Sirloin Club was formed to assist with the action.
The number of people signing up to participate has increased significantly for the past several years. For example, last year the committee approved 230 exhibitions and more than 400 head of livestock was showcase.
One the popular events at the livestock show is the livestock judging contest, which has been moved to Wednesday, Feb. 29th, in hopes to draw in more participants. New said the judging contest will be held at Cameron University’s Animal Science Arena on Southwest 38th Street. Registration will be at 3 p.m. and the contest will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The show is open to Comanche County 4-H and FFA members in good standing, currently enrolled in school in Comanche County other than post-secondary school, who are 19 years old yet.
And, again this year, the Hardzog Family, will be sponsoring the Terri Hardzog Memorial Round Robin Showmanship Contest. It is schedule to start at 9 am on Friday, March 2nd. Contestants will show one animal from each class to qualify for the showmanship contest. I have seen the show for a number of years, I think it’s a fun, and exciting event and everyone is welcome to come and watch. First prize will receive $2,000 in savings bonds and each contestant will receive a T-shirt. Hoodies will be awarded to the top 4.
The bonus sale is Friday at the coliseum and businesses and individuals are encouraged to come out and “bonus” the winners for their animals. The money these students earn from the bonus sale is applied to the cost of raising the animal and also is put into their college fund. It’s a great way to show these kids how proud the community is of their work.
Here is a picture of me with the Indiahoma FFA group! What a great bunch of kids!