(OKLAHOMA CITY – August 2, 2019) On August 2, 2019, okPORK will honor Oklahoma Youth Expo and Tulsa State Fair Swine Committee members Rusty Gosz, Rose Bonjour, Jason Harvey, Guy Shoulders, Brett Ramsey and Steve Thompson, with the 2019 Ambassador Award during the 60th annual Oklahoma Pork Congress.
Rusty Gosz, youth livestock specialist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., said the both livestock shows have been going on for more than 60 years and the youth livestock industry is robust, active and flourishing.
“Working at both the TFS and OYE swine shows is a highlight for me personally,” Gosz said. “It is one of the many pinnacles that our great state has the privilege to enjoy.”
At OYE and TSF the committee members are in charge of checking-in members, weighing hogs, managing the show ring and making sure the shows are running efficiently. However, what the six members really enjoy is engaging with the youth.
“Both shows allow us to interact with Oklahoma’s youth as they showcase their hard work and months of investing time with their families and into their projects,” Gosz said. “I have spent the bulk of my life working in teams and the team I get to work alongside at both of these shows is as good as it gets.”
The six members are not just recognized by the livestock exhibitors at the show, but by the staff at okPORK as well.
“These six swine committee members go above and beyond for okPORK and the entire show pig industry,” Roy Lee Lindsey, okPORK executive director said. “Without a swine committee there would be no organization at the shows and these individuals do a tremendous job at making sure these shows are some of the best in the country.”
okPORK is proud to present Oklahoma Youth Expo and Tulsa State Fair Swine Committee members, Rusty Gosz, Rose Bonjour, Jason Harvey, Guy Shoulders, Brett Ramsey and Steve Thompson, with the 2019 Ambassador Award, for not only their dedication to the swine industry, but also for their support of the future of agriculture.