The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Nancy Snook, Caldwell, Ohio, with the Friend of the Expo Award at the Ohio Beef Expo, held March 16-18 at the Ohio Expo Center. Each year, dedicated volunteers spend countless hours ensuring the success of the Expo. In an effort to show OCA’s sincere appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves over the years, the Ohio Beef Expo Planning Committee presents the Friend of the Expo award to worthy recipients who have contributed to the success of the past 31 years of the Expo.
Snook grew up on a family farm that raised registered Angus cattle. After showing in 4-H and FFA for many years, she went on to start a career as a 4-H extension educator. Now, Snook is a 4-H extension educator in Noble County and teaches as one of Ohio’s most dedicated and interactive volunteers, specializing in her youth beef quality assurance (BQA) sessions.
Snook’s family participated in the breed show and sale at the first Ohio Beef Expo in 1988. In the early 90s, Nancy was asked to join the junior show committee and help facilitate the judging contest. Today, Snook teaches youth BQA at the Expo and has been a mainstay since 2012.
“It’s awesome to see kids get excited to learn about the beef industry. Nancy has executed fun, interactive, and highly educational BQA sessions to Ohio’s youth for several years. Her tireless planning and enthusiasm to go above and beyond are what make her such an asset to not only the Expo, but Ohio’s beef industry,” said Stephanie Sindel, OCA Director of Member Services and Youth Programs.
All aspects of the Expo are appreciated by Snook. “I like that the trade show and youth activities have grown. With that happening the breed sales and shows are still the heart of the Expo. It is a whole weekend focused on the beef industry,” said Snook.
Posted: March 21, 2018