Watch: 4H, FFA Students Show Livestock At The Tulsa State Fair

Thursday, October 6th 2022, 2:13 pm


It's a big week for Future Farmers of America and 4H students, who show livestock at the Tulsa State Fair.

Instructors said students prepare for months leading up to this week in all different events from showing livestock to judging competitions.

"It's kind of nerve racking a little bit, but it's super fun,” said Tenley Elmore, a 4th grade Skiatook 4H Member. She's one of around 1,500 Oklahoma students competing in several avenues at the Tulsa State Fair.

Elmore shows her heifer on Sunday, but said until then, there's work to do. "I'm going to be washing, rinsing, blowing and practicing a lot and just working with them,” Elmore said.

Steve Soules is the Skiatook FFA Instructor and said students range from elementary to high school. He said they've been preparing at home and in school for the competitions.

Many skills are featured at the fair from ag mechanics, crops, livestock judging, cattle grading, and more.

"This is a culmination of what our students have been working on for the past year to six months depending on which project they have,” Soules said.

Soules said for the judging competitions, officials place and rank four of a certain type of animal. Then, students try and match that on their own, and defend their rankings to judges.

They will also show their livestock in classes of hogs, cattle, sheep, and goats. "This is the best place they can really go to finish out their project,” Soules said.

Elmore said her favorite part is seeing her hard work pay off. "Showing, of course, and then like meeting my friends and then spending time with my family,” Elmore said.


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