Easton Tolliver worked for this moment.
Before starting college, Tolliver scooped all kinds of animal droppings on the family ranch in Ringling. Those years of training led to Saturday morning.
He earned a spot in the big show, OSU’s Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade. For more than half a mile, thousands of spectators lined the sidewalks along South His Main Street in Stillwater. The parade included flashy cars, politicians campaigning from the beds of their trailers, his band marching, and lots of horses.
Oh…. and horse manure. someone needs to scoop it up. Tolliver and Paul Oakes did it while chasing Clydesdale’s horses. And then scooped some more.
“It’s all on the wrist,” said Tolliver. “You just scoop up that crap. If it’s spread out a little, rake up a little poop.”
The scooper received praise from many spectators, including Reed Engelman.
“When I first saw them, I thought they lost a bet or something,” he said. “But everyone should really appreciate them.”
Engelmann said you need it to scoop poop at the parade.
Fittingly, the Homecoming theme honored the cowboy hero.
Enter the poop scooper.
“How’s the real hero doing?” said one spectator.
It’s a simple but necessary job.
I saw something that had to be done, so I decided to do it,” said Oakes, a new student at Guymon. I want to give back in some way, and if my meager skill set can scoop poop, that’s fine.
At the end of the route, a swarm of flies was floating around the poop. Tolliver estimates he scooped at least 50 pounds of poo over a distance of over 800m.
“Big horse,” said Tolliver.