The Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center recently honored Vice Chairman Karl Kozel for his 38 years of service on the Shawnee Civic & Cultural Development Authority board of trustees, the entity that serves as the governing body of the Expo Center. Kozel’s award was accepted by his son, Tony Kozel, during the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show.

Kozel is honored with the Friends of the Expo Award for his service and dedication to the Expo Center, working tirelessly alongside his peers to craft and execute a vision for Shawnee’s future. The award was hand-crafted by Dr. Mike Steward in bronze depicting a horse and a dog, “Fred-n-Joe,” lifelong friends and faithful companions.

The Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show is an event the Expo Center hosts annually. During this event, the youth learn the responsibility of animal care and time management. Kozel has been a life-long champion of the event and has played an important role in the success of the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show amongst other events hosted at the Expo Center.

“Karl Kozel has been a leader in the community of Shawnee for many years,” said Chris Dunlap, assistant director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center. “Hard work has never scared Karl, and he thrives in creating solutions for the betterment of both the Expo Center and city of Shawnee. His hard work and dedication is truly appreciated.”

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.