The 2018 Buddy Barrow Show will be held in the show barn on Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 pm.
Smiles of congratulations and whoops of celebration fill the show ring during the Buddy Barrow show at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo.
One night at the fair, special needs people get the chance to show a barrow, a castrated male hog, at the show. They are matched up with 4-H and FFA youth who have already shown their barrow, and the 4-Hers and FFA members mentor and give advice to the participants as they show their animal.
Each participant takes home a t-shirt and other prizes, and a grand champion and reserve champion win buckles.
The show has grown in popularity each year, not only with the participants but with the mentors as well. It teaches the mentors some good skills, says Travis Jinkens, a former judge of the show. He emphasized the skills the show demonstrates to youth. “It teaches them respect and the importance of helping others. It’s not just about me, but it’s about others and doing things for others. It makes you appreciate the things you have. You have to get up at six or seven in the morning to feed, and clean pens, but these folks struggle every day to make it, to survive, and it gives (the kids) the opportunity to really appreciate what we get to do.”
Participants are asked to register for the show prior to the fair by calling the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce at 620-251-2550.