By Morgan Taylor, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Ag Youth Program has decided to cancel the MCN All-Indian Livestock Show that was previously scheduled for the last weekend of January.
This cancellation is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to MCN Ag Youth Program Director Billy Haltom.
“We hold our show in Okfuskee County, and they have a high number of COVID outbreaks,” Haltom explains. “With our numbers like they are we thought it would better to be on the side of caution and safety and to cancel for one year until we get on top of this virus.”
Typically, winners of the show receive prizes from attending.
“We have already ordered 37 belt buckles and banners and we will come up with a creative way to get those to the participants.”
There are no plans to make the show virtual but Haltom says there are virtual livestock shows out there for students who are interested.
The cancellation of the show will not have an effect a student’s standings in livestock events.
The MCN Ag Youth Program has had to cancel and postpone most all the programs for the year, including the new shooting sports programs, the speech contest, and the poultry show.
“I think us not having the livestock show is a big step in the direction of trying to get things under control,” Haltom adds.
For questions and concerns citizens can contact Haltom at 918-732-7628.