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The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Youth Ag Program sees sizable increase in event participation. (Kevin Barnett/Reporter)

“We’ve grown to the point that we needed to add another day to fit everything in.”— MCN Youth Ag Program Manager, Billy Haltom

Livestock show participation doubles from last year

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The sixth annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation All-Indian Livestock Show was held Jan. 25-27 at the Okfuskee County Fairgrounds in Okemah.

This year saw the addition of a third day for the competition.

“We’ve grown to the point that we needed to add another day to fit everything in,” MCN Youth Ag Program Manager Billy Haltom said.

The three-day event began Friday with the sheep/goat portion, swine was shown on Saturday and the competition concluded with cattle on Sunday.

According to Haltom, more than 500 students participated in this years show, doubling the amount of participants from last year.

“If we continue to grow at this rate we’re going to outgrow our facility and we might have to move the show somewhere else just because of our sheer numbers,” Haltom said.

The yearly show is open to all Muscogee (Creek) youth in the state as well as any Native youth with a tribal enrollment card living within MCN boundaries or Seminole County.

Another unique aspect of the annual show is that the organizing body makes no money from the event.

“This is a very popular show because we give away so many different things… and we pay back 100 percent of the entry fees to the [winners],” Haltom explained.

The winners of the Livestock Show are as follows:

Market Hogs

Grand Champion- Jaycee Robinson

Reserve Grand Champion- Sophie Varner

Bronze- Conner Loep

Grand Champion Breeding Gilt- Cheyla Ward

Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt- Brenna Gann


Supreme Champion Heifer – Isaiah Sallee

Reserve Supreme Heifer- Kayden Offalter

Bronze Heifer- Ethan Shoemake

Grand Champion Steer- Emma Jo Holland

Reserve Grand Steer- Randle North

Market Goats

Grand Champion- Julie Isabell

Reserve Grand Champion- Jade McPeak

Bronze- Bekah Bunch

Doe Goats

Grand Champion- Julie Isabell

Reserve Champion- Jade McPeak

Bronze- Samantha Leard

Market Lambs

Grand Champion- Paisley Beshear

Reserve Grand Champion- LaRay Cox

Bronze- Paisley Beshear


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