By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – For the last 50 years children in west Texas have been able to get an up close sneak peak at animals they usually wouldn't get a chance to see. The petting zoo is one of the South Plains Fair favorites for the whole family.
From cows and sheep to donkeys and llamas, the kids invade the stalls at the Children's 4H Barn on the fair grounds.
"That's one of the big reasons we came to the fair anyway's," said mother Kelly King who brought her son and daughter to pet the animals. "He loves animals and you can always count on him having a good time."
As for the zoo favorites, one always goes home the winner. "Has to be the baby chicks, has been year after year," said Mark Brown, Lubbock County extension agent for agriculture. "It's a long standing tradition that we continue in memory of a man who passed away a couple of years ago."
The chicks and ducks display have been at the zoo since 1962, but a new member of the zoo isn't too far behind on the favorites list. "Charlie is 8 weeks old and she loves to play and she loves shoes," said Cheyanne Gage a 4H volunteer. Giddy screams can always be heard near Charlie the female piglet.
Regardless of age, the whole family can enjoy a day at the petting zoo for free.
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