The Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center is home to a variety of world-class events throughout the year, from shopping showcases to conferences and world-class rodeos. This February, Expo Center visitors can expect to experience livestock shows, barrel races, a robotic competition and more.

“We’re very excited for the upcoming month at the Expo Center,” said Chris Dunlap, assistant director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center. “There’s something for everyone to come out and enjoy, from annual traditions to new experiences.”

The highly anticipated 2018 Central District Livestock Show will be held Feb. 1-3. Central District livestock exhibitors are all 4-H or FFA members in the Ag-Ed Central District, ages 9-18. The show will commence at noon on Thursday, Feb. 1 with the Market Lamb Show, followed by the Doe Show at 1 p.m. and the Wether Goat Show. Friday, Feb. 2 will see the Barrow Show at 10 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 3 will feature the Heifer Show at 9 a.m. followed by the Prospect Steer Show and Market Steer Show. The Market Hog show will close out the Central District Livestock show starting 10 a.m. Saturday.

The G&S Gun Show returns to the Expo Center Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show attendees can expect an expansive showcase of weaponry including pistols, holsters, long guns, knives and more. Admission to the G&S Gun Show is $8.

The Avedis Foundation speaker series features Dr. Nathan Mellor, President of Strata Leadership in Oklahoma City, on Monday, Feb. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to distinguished and accomplished speakers who can provide insight into the critical issues facing our communities, inspire and motivate our citizens, promote constructive leadership and encourage collaboration. Reservations must be made by Jan. 30 by calling (405) 273-4055.

The Central 4D Barrel Racers will bring a family-favorite rodeo event to the Expo Center Saturday, Feb. 10 with exhibitions beginning at 10 a.m. and classes commencing at 2 p.m. Barrel racing events will continue on Sunday, Feb. 11 with church at 9 a.m., exhibitions at 10 a.m. and classes at 12 p.m.

The 2018 Gladiator Robotics competition will take place Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spectators will be able to watch high school participants compete for a chance to qualify for the world championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition requires teams of students to design and build a robot that will compete against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Come watch as STEM concepts are put to the test in this fast-paced and exciting event.

Pondliner presents the 2018 Water Garden Expo Feb. 20-23. Considered one of the landscaping industries top educational events, the Water Garden Expo will feature a two-day pond build, seminars and a trade show presenting more than 20 exhibitors. The event is free to industry professionals who register via WGExpo.com.

Jones Arena Productions will host team roping at the Expo Center Feb. 24-25. Roping will commence at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24. Event visitors on Sunday, Feb. 25 can enjoy church services beginning at 9 a.m. followed by roping at 10 a.m. Books will open one hour prior to roping times. Competitors will have an opportunity to earn buckles, trophy breast collars and saddles. The event is free for spectators. Concessions will be available from Droffats Inc. in the Fred Humphrey Pavilion. For more information, please contact Goober Jones at (405) 740-9130.

Come out to the annual Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show Feb. 27 through March 2. The show features Pottawatomie County 4-H and FFA members ages 9-18 and their nominated animals. Events are Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show will conclude Friday, March 2 with an awards presentation and premium auction from 5 to 7 p.m.

Monkey Business hosts its semi-annual consignment sale featuring everything that relates to children, teens and working moms March 1-3. Consignor drop-off is Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public sales dates are Thursday and Friday, March 1-2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sales on Saturday will be half price.

For more information about the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, visit ShawneeExpo.org.

Located just minutes from the “crossroads of America,” the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center sits on 52 acres of fairgrounds with a variety of facility options including an outdoor arena, indoor arena and more than 150,000-square-feet of exhibit and meeting space. Complete with a top-notch RV park, the Expo Center is the perfect location for any size event including, banquets, shows, events and more. For more information on the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition center visit ShawneeExpo.org or call (405) 275-7020.