OYLS President Speaks To Kiwanis

(AUDIO INCLUDED)

The week of the Okeechobee County Fair is very busy for everyone involved in the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show, but the president of the organization, Ben Butler carved out some time to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

The OYLS is celebrating 50 years this year and Butler emphasized what participating in not only the event, but that raising animals in general can help the development of children in several areas.

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, since 1969. Through many of its community outreach programs, OYLS, Inc. strives to provide opportunities for young people.

Butler listed responsibility, leadership and public speaking as just a few of the tools showing animals can help develop in a child.

The culmination of the OYLS is the Livestock Show and Sale which is held at the Agri-Civic Center  the third weekend in March which normally coincides with the final weekend of the Okeechobee County Fair. Show participants that want to sell their animals for market will have the opportunity to have their animal auctioned off. A portion of the monies (5%) go back to the OYLS which in turn a portion is used to fund a scholarship.

CLICK THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO BEN BUTLER’S INTERVIEW (RUN TIME 1:59)