Julie Stout, 9, from Agra in Lincoln County, gave her judge, Glen Blount from Denison, Texas, a high-five after winning $23 while showing her Market Lamb, Freckles, at the Central District Livestock Show Thursday.

Julie Stout, 9, from Agra in Lincoln County, gave her judge, Glen Blount from Denison, Texas, a high-five after winning $23 while showing her Market Lamb, Freckles, at the Central District Livestock Show Thursday.

Stout said this is her first year to show but she plans to continue showing like her sister does. Her grandfather, known to her as ‘Papa’ watched as she tried her best to remember what to do in the show ring.

“I didn’t need any help,” she said with a smirk on her face but admitted her Papa helped her prepare for the show.

The Central District Livestock Show made a return to Shawnee and the Oklahoma Exposition Center a year ago.

“We’re up about 400 entries from last year,” said Jeremy Frye, one of the coordinators for the show. “Today has been smooth.”

Frye said 237 Market Lambs were shown Thursday, along with 117 Does and 119 Wether Goats.

“We’re off and running,” he said, adding they still have two more big days to go.

Frye said with around a dozen volunteers, the show usually goes smoothly.

“We have a lot of volunteers that make this happen,” he said.

Kiara Foster, an eighth grade student from Tecumseh, showed three lambs—Twist, Little Foot and Wonder. She said in the past she has also showed Dairy Goats.

“The biggest challenge is when you first get them,” she said, adding it takes a while for the animal to get used to the person.

Foster recently placed third overall in intermediate showmanship at Kansas City.

“My favorite thing about showing is getting out and getting away from everything and focusing on showing,” she said, adding showmanship is very important.

Seanna Reid, a Bethel senior, said she’s been showing at livestock shows for 10 years.

“I’ve shown pigs in the past but I’m showing lambs here,” she said.

Reid said she likes showing pigs maybe a little better but her family raises lambs.

“The hardest thing about showing is all the work and preparation before going in the show ring,” she said. “But if you put in the work, it usually goes smoothly in the ring.”

Reid said she plans on attending Northern Oklahoma College after graduation to earn a degree in Agricultural Business.

Lacie Underwood, a Tecumseh senior, said she’s been showing livestock for nine years. She’s shown hogs for those nine years and shown cattle for three.

“Hogs are a lot easier but I like showing both,” she said.

Underwood recently won Grand and Champion Sr. Showman with her heifer at Tishomingo.

“I’m usually focused on showmanship,” she said.

Underwood said she plans on attending Oklahoma State University to earn a degree in Animal Science. She said she then plans to attend Parker’s University to earn a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic.

The show is open to any 4-H and FFA member 9-18 years of age within the Central District of the Oklahoma FFA Association. The counties making up the Central District include: Payne, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McLain, Garvin, Murray, Stephens, Jefferson, Carter and Love. Within those counties are 66 Agriculture Education programs and FFA chapters with approximately 5,500 FFA members and 3,900 4-H members.

As the sole district show for 4-H and FFA members within the Central District, hundreds of young people, their families, 4-H leaders and Agricultural Education instructors are in Shawnee for the three-day event to exhibit lambs, goats, hogs and cattle, Frye said.

The sponsors of the 2014 Central District Livestock Show include: The Shawnee Convention and Visitor’ Bureau, S&S Farm Center, Shawnee; Lincoln County Farm Center, Chandler; Shawnee Milling Co. and Shawnee Feed Center, Moormans Show Tec, ADM Moorman’s Alliance, Freedom Ford, McAlester; Patriot Ford, Purcell,; The Trailer Ranch of Oklahoma, Carney; Bonham Show Cattle, Newcastle; Outback Laboratories, Lexington; the Oklahoma Boer Goat Association, VitaFerm, St. Joseph, Mo,; Martindale Feed Mill, Valley View, Texas.

The judges responsible for evaluating the livestock and working with the participants are as follows:

Market Lambs and Barrows: Glen Blount, Denison, Texas

Wether Goats and Does: Jess Yeaman, Rock Springs, Texas

Market Hogs: Jason Lackey, Aspermont, Texas

Heifers, Prospect Steers and Market Steers: Justin Moritz, Chatsworth, Ill.