By Nick Woodruff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
One word describes participants at the Payne County Fair dairy cattle show — variety.
From first-timers to seasoned veterans, many competitors came to the Payne County Expo Center to show their dairy cattle Thursday. One of the veterans was senior Carlee Robbins of Perkins.
Robbins has been showing animals for nine years. Lessons learned from showing dairy cattle have helped her with everyday life, she said.
“Showing has taught me how to be better at life,” Robbins said. “I’ve learned how to work hard, confidence, leadership and responsibility; a lot of responsibility.”
Robbins’ mother, Carol, said her daughter’s work has paid off. Robbins was named the “Dairy Princess of Oklahoma” in July and represents the state in numerous dairy cattle events.
Not only is Robbins the state’s dairy princess, she also is the president of her high school Future Farmers of America program at Perkins-Tryon High School. Carol Robbins said her daughter didn’t achieve her prestigious honors without effort.
“I am very proud of my girls,” she said. “It’s just work, work, work. You have to have a good work ethic and my girls have embraced that.”
Robbins will be ending her career this year.
She said there are many things she is going to miss about dairy cattle showing, but she knows it’s time to hang up the lead rope.
But another Robbins is still in the hunt. Sister Cammi Robbins is coming on strong in the dairy cattle showing event.
Mrs. Robbins said she knows it will come to an end one day, but it has been great for her family.
“You get to spend a lot of time with the family,” she said. “It’s a family project and you can’t beat that.”