The Oklahoma Youth Expo is excited to announce a new event available to all 4-H and FFA members of Oklahoma: the OYE Skillathon. Students will be competing for $10,000 in scholarship money, which will be divided amongst the top five individuals in three age categories: junior, intermediate and senior. Age brackets will mirror the OYE showmanship age brackets. 4-H and FFA members do not have to exhibit at the OYE to be eligible for the Skillathon.
The OYE Skillathon will be a written exam based on cumulative knowledge over the four livestock species shown at OYE: beef, swine, sheep and goats. In order to qualify to take the test, ALL students must have completed certification in YCQA or PQA.
Information for certifying in YCQA can be found here:
Information regarding PQA certification can be found here:
These certifications should adequately prepare youth for the exams. To sign up to participate in the Skillathon,
You will need to provide first and last name, date of birth, county and certificate number.
Certification AND registration must be complete by March 1st in order to participate—no exceptions.
On Monday, March 18 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. a unique test will be administered for each age division. The written tests will be administered in the Barn 3 Sales Pavilion.
At 6:00 p.m., the top ten test scores for each division will be posted and a finals identification practicum will be administered at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn 3 Sales Pavilion.
Scholarships will be presented prior to the OYE Grand Drive on Thursday, March 21st in State Fair Arena. Winners must be wearing official dress for the presentation.
Once a 4-H or FFA member wins a division, they are not eligible to win that division again. Students do NOT have to show at OYE in order to participate. OYE reserves the right to disqualify any students. All decisions are final and no protests will be accepted. All tests are property of OYE and will not be taken from the testing site. No parents, agricultural instructors, or electronic devices including smart watches will be accepted or tolerated in the testing room.