The 76th annual Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show officially kicks off Tuesday.

By Mike McCormick

The 76th annual Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show officially kicks off Tuesday with judging of sheep beginning at noon followed by the goat judging.

The show is being held at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center where it is each year.

The show will honor Sue Holt and Sue Nelson who were recognized as this year’s 2013 honorees. They were introduced and presented awards during last month’s annual pig roast and trophy auction.

Holt, who as a young 4-H member actually participated in the show, later was employed by the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce for 19 years and helped with the show during that time. She said it was one of her favorite events.

Nelson, who grew up in Seminole County, was a member of the Wolf 4-H and program, even though she graduated from Bowlegs High School.

Both of the honorees have been associated with the 4-H and FFA programs throughout their lives.

Several hundred 4-H and FFA contestants representing the eight FFA chapters and 12 4-H clubs from throughout the county will participate in the show which will conclude Friday evening with the annual premium sale.

Suzanne Gilbert, one of the co-chairmen of the show, has said “in the beef show we should have around 90 heifers and 15 steers. In the goats there are around 98 head and around 95 head of sheep which is way up from last year when we had only around 55 head,” she added.

“We should have around 320 head of swine,” she estimated.

The show includes three days of judging in addition to Friday night’s premium sale which starts at 7 p.m. with a PCJLS Business After Hours and Appreciation Reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

There are 110 animals selected for the premium sale. A contestant is limited to having only animals in the sale.

The grand and reserve grand champions in the competition automatically qualify for the sale. If a student has more than of these, only one of those qualifies of the sale, however.

Last year’s premium sale brought more than $130,000 for the 4-H and FFA contestants.

More than $26,000 was raised during the annual pig roast and trophy auction last month to help with this year’s premium auction.