If you have kids looking for a summer project that can teach responsibility and work ethic, as well as learn how to raise livestock to feed the family, check out the Rogers County Feeding Extravaganza, a 501c3 non-profit.
The program is open to kids in pre-K through 12th grade. Must attend a Rogers County public, private, or home school. Student can attend school outside the county, but then must reside in Rogers County.
Each child purchases a feeder pig (around $30) that will be weighed in on May 6. The child cares for the pig all summer, and weighs in again on September 4. Hogs will be processed afterward. Each hog will judged on rate of gain, carcass merit, and a record book to be completed by the child.
On September 9, a banquet will be held at the Cowboy Gathering Church, where each USDA-inspected hog will be sold with all money donated to the child. The buyer has the option of processing the hog or donating it to the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank.
Also on the night of the banquet, there will be a hay auction, with all money donated to the kids. Each child has the opportunity to sell raffle tickets for $5 each, for a chance to win (2) 1/2 beef and 2 fat hogs. Raffle money will go to child.
There is approximately $5,000 up for grabs in prize winnings for overall winners, rate of gain, and carcass merit.
Each child is guaranteed all money back that is invested in project at end of program in September. 100% will be given back to each child!
If you have questions about the program or are needing a pig, call Brian Marlin at 918-706-0341.