|The Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show, Inc. is a Non-Profit organization seeking to promote and educate the young people of Okeechobee County, primarily in the field of agriculture and community development. Through many of its community outreach programs, OYLS, Inc. strives to provide opportunities for our young people. The foundation for our organization is our annual Livestock Show and Sale (OYLS). This week long event is full of livestock show activities held in March of each year, and culminates on the third Saturday of the same month with a livestock auction. The participants, approximately 300 of them, are local youth who proudly show their animals they have raised as an Okeechobee 4-H or FFA project. Upon entry to the show, the animals remain on site for the patrons of the Okeechobee County Fair to enjoy throughout the week.
Participants as young as five years old, on up to the older more experienced exhibitors can be found at the start of the activities as they bring in their rabbits and poultry to kick off the events with a small animal show. In the days that follow, the spectators are able to freely attend various shows including lambs, goats, dairy, swine, steers, and beef breeding where the exhibitors are competing for the coveted Grand Champion title in each of their divisions. In addition, the exhibitors compete in a showmanship contest, herdsman competition, a fitting and grooming contest (steer/beef breeding), and the Ultimate Triple Crown contest designed to recognize an All-Around Champion for those exhibitors competing in multiple species categories.
We hope you will continue to be a part of the tradition and support the OYLS, Inc. in Okeecshobee County – a county where the foundation and heritage is its agricultural industry!
See you in March!!!
|Here at OYLS, Inc. we are very grateful for our supporters. The continuous outpouring of support from our community and surrounding communities make this organization possible. These area businesses and individuals who sponsor and make donations to OYLS, Inc. are the backbone to this wonderful organization. The sponsors funding, allow OYLS, Inc. to purchase awards, reduces exhibitor’s expense, and provides educational opportunities in the form of receipts from sale animals and scholarships, rewarding each individual for the hard work and strong work ethics learned throughout their show career.