FFA, 4H members wrap up showing animals in Garvin County, set sights on state competition

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KXII) - The 82nd Annual Garvin county junior livestock show came to a close on Saturday with the premium sale.

Kids showed their animals while local businesses raised money through a live auction with the proceeds going to the kids to cover the expenses that come with showing and taking care of animals.

Colt Jones with Pauls Valley FFA showed multiple animals this week, including a grand champion heifer.

"Got pretty good money," Jones said. "People were really graceful about that so I appreciate it."

Karli Schwerdtfeger with Stratford FFA said she got more than $600 showing her pig on Saturday.

She said she has been showing animals since she was two years old and has grown socially through FFA.

"It really opens our shells,' Schwerdtfeger said. "It really has taught me a lot."

Presley Pullen, also with Stratford FFA, said she likes the community aspect of livestock shows.

"The stock show industry just really helps everyone to come together as a family, work as a team," Pullen said. "I've built up great bonds and friendships through this organization and I look forward to the more friendships that I'm going to have."

Justin Wright is the Stratford FFA teacher and said the school has done well this year with more than 20 kids showing on Saturday.

"There's a lot of hours goes in to work and feeding them and caring for them," Wright said. "And so this is the kind of the time when we all get together and show them and see the hard work pay off. And so, yeah, it's very rewarding."

Wright said this show is preparation for the Oklahoma Youth Expo, a statewide event that will have thousands of animals and tough competition.

That event begins March 13 in Oklahoma City.