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Livestock is the lifeblood of South Plains Fair

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Although fairs around the country are widely known for their amusements and exotic foods, livestock is the reason this all American attraction began. The creation of fairs originated from when farmers and ranchers prepared their livestock for the annual fairs, in which they would attempt to sell their very best product.

Panhandle-South Plains Fair superintendent John Senters said our history dates back to the sale of speciality breeds and healthy livestock.

"All fairs by nature are designed especially by the livestock aspect of the fair to allow pure bred and crossbred livestock exhibitors to showcase their livestock," said Senters.

"4-H members are some of the best animal stewards in the land," said Senters. "That is their livelihood, and they depend on those cattle being well-tended to and being profitable."

Livestock and agriculture is a mainstay of the West Texas economy. Those who utilize local resources say they are also the most adamant about the preservation of them.

The judging for junior livestock runs this weekend. For times and categories, click here.

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