Livestock exhibitors who have spent several months raising their animals will get to showcase the results this week at the Agri-Plex.

Preliminary events for the Pontotoc County Junior Livestock Show began Wednesday night at the Agri-Plex with the placement of beef cattle. Steers will be weighed at 7 a.m. today, and swine will be placed by 9 a.m.

The swine show will begin at 10 a.m. today, followed by a beef show at 5 p.m. Sheep and goats must be in place by 7 p.m. for Friday’s events.

Friday will kick off with a sheep show at 10 a.m., and the goat show will begin after the sheep show is over. Saturday’s events will include a beef cattle fitting contest at noon, with a steak dinner set to begin at 4 p.m.

Saturday afternoon’s activities will include a lamb lead contest at 4:15 p.m., followed by a premium sale at 5 p.m.

The premium sale gives buyers a chance to support the exhibitors, according to the OSU Extension office. The buyers represent a cross-section of the community, including banks, doctors, business owners or individuals.

Buyers do not actually acquire the exhibitor’s animal, but they show their support for that exhibitor by purchasing premiums.

“That is one of the ways we reward the effort and hard work of all the young people (exhibitors),” said OSU Extension agriculture educator Justin McDaniel.

Buyers who can’t afford to buy a premium have another option: Add-on contributions, which can be made for any amount and given to any exhibitor. Buyers who want to make an add-on contribution may pick up and complete a form the night of the sale.

All proceeds from the premiums and add-ons go to the exhibitors, who may put those funds toward their college education, expenses associated with their current project or next year’s project, McDaniel said.

People attending the show may also buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 16 X 6 WW Bumper Pull Trailer, donated by Seth Wadley Chevrolet Buick of Ada. Tickets are $5 apiece, and all proceeds will go to the exhibitors.

The drawing will take place at Saturday’s premium sale.

Who can participate?

The livestock show is open to all 4-H and Future Farmers of America members ages 8 through 19 who meet their club’s age and membership requirements. Exhibitors must live or attend school in Pontotoc County, and they must be in good academic standing.

Students who want to showcase their livestock must complete a nominating process, which demonstrates their commitment to their project, before they can participate in the show.

This year’s show is expected to draw approximately 181 exhibitors representing several different 4-H and FFA clubs, McDaniel said. Those exhibitors will showcase about 475 animals altogether, including heifers, steers, sheep and goats.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.