Students from all over the state compete in livestock shows - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/09

Students from all over the state compete in livestock shows

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thousands of kids from all over the state travel to compete in the livestock show at the South Plains Fair. This year almost 2,000 animals are shown by Four H and FFA students from 3rd grade to 12th grade.

Sixteen year old Katrina Watson says she has been showing animals her whole life. "Since I could walk, I've been doing stock shows since I was born. I showed my first heifer when I was two in Fort Worth," said Watson.

Watson's family traveled five hours to compete in the show but she has even more stops ahead of her. "I go to school. I go to work. Then I work with the show heifers so it's pretty much my life," said Watson.

Livestock Superintendent Curtis Preston says all the kids competing put tons of work into raising these animals, but the livestock show is sometimes over looked by the carnival and great food from the fair. "We've got a great carnival out there, but come by the barn. The kids see it as support to them when people come through and look at their projects," said Preston.

The livestock shows include cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits and all different kinds of poultry, and the winners of the shows receive cash prizes.

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