Youth ready their animals for livestock show

by Michael Bush, -

The 72nd annual Jackson County Junior Livestock Show is a youth agriculture related educational program that is sponsored annually by the Altus Chamber of Commerce. This year’s show will be held Friday, Feb. 26 through Monday, Feb. 29. The Premium Auction is always held the Monday of the event.

All of the livestock show activities, including the premium auction, will be held at the Jackson County Expo Center.

Walter Treadwell serves as Chairman of the Livestock Show Action Group, and Anita Gifford and David Bush serve as General Superintendents of the Show.

Chamber CEO Brian Bush said, “For over 70 years, this event has showcased what is great about southwest Oklahoma and shown how bright the future will be in the hands of the outstanding young people who live in Jackson County. The Altus Chamber of Commerce is honored and proud to continue sponsoring the livestock show, and we would love to see you there.” Bush noted that students and their families spend many hours raising their animals, keeping records and getting them ready to show. The early estimate for entries for the 2016 show is over 300 animals.

Monday, Feb. 29, is an important day for these exhibitors as well. The Bidders BBQ will begin at 4 p.m. at the Jackson County Expo Center, and the Premium Auction follows at 5:30 p.m. Bush said the entire evening is hosted by the young people who have qualified animals for the Premium Auction and stressed that they are “the best of the best that Jackson County has to offer!” Barbecue tickets are being sent to all former bidders of the Premium Auction. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend, and they can stop by the Chamber office to pick up tickets to the barbecue.

Last year, over $236,000 was raised to support local youth through this program, and Bush says every dollar of that money went directly to the kids. Costs of the show were covered by generous sponsors, meaning no administrative costs had to be taken from those funds. Bush says donors have stepped up again this year, and the kids will again receive 100% of the money raised at the premium sale because of local supporters like Storehouse Insurance, Senator Mike Schulz, Frazer Bank, Jackson County Farm Bureau, and the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation.

The Show Catalog will be available through the chamber office. For more information about the livestock show or other chamber sponsored activities, visit their website at

by Michael Bush,

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