February 25-28, 2016, Nowata hosted the annual Spring Livestock Show for farmers all over the county to compete for the biggest trophy. In our middle school, there was five showers, eighth graders, Seth Johnson and Paige Atkisson, seventh grader Ried Kile and sixth graders, Lainey Atkisson and Weston Holt.
Nowata County Spring Livestock Show started around 65 years ago. In 1948 through 1951, before the fair building was built, the kids showed in front of the court house. In 1951, the show was moved to the fair building and the show has been held there ever since.
Paige Atkisson brought home Grand Champion with her steer, Supreme Champion with her heifer and Grand Intermediate in Showmanship in her age group (13-16) with her heifer. Seth Johnson also won third place with his heifer and sixth place with his steer.
Ried Kile came in big with winning first in his class with his heifer and placed in the top three with his steer. When asked what he likes about showing, Ried said, “I love getting to show my animals and seeing my friends from different schools, but my favorite part is winning.”
Lainey Atkisson brought home the second place trophy with her steer. Weston Holt won third place with his pig and also placed third with his goat.
To keep up with the schedule of the Spring Livestock show, click here to see the schedule.