A big part of the annual Panhandle South Plains Fair is the livestock shows. The livestock competition first began in 1921.
Although this is only Katrina Watson's second trip to the South Plains Fair, she is no stranger to the business. She competed in her first dairy cattle competition at the age of 2.
Katrina, now 15, was born into the dairy cattle business. "It's kind of one of those things you have been doing your whole life and you don't know anything else," said Katrina.
She is from Decatur, Texas and traveled five hours to be at this show. "Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico is where people come from for this show, and yeah I come pretty far for this show," said Katrina.
Katrina competes in the dairy cattle jersey division and enters about eight shows a year. She brought 12 head with her to the South Plains Fair.
"On a dairy cow, you want their top when you have their head up to look like its walking up hill at a slight angle, you want to be able to put three to four fingers between each rib, you want to be able to see all the ribs," explains Katrina.
After Monday's competition Katrina walked away with eight first place ribbons and 2 second place ribbons. She won the overall grand champion award in the junior show. "Days like this are few and far between, the lowest she placed all day was second," said Katrina's mom Robbie Watson.
At most competitions, you will find Katrina's mom, who also showed cows as did her grandfather. "It's nice having her with me, I enjoy having her with me and it's nice that she enjoys what I enjoy also. It's my passion and now it's hers and it gives us a chance to develop our relationship over the years while we've been at the shows," said Robbie, Katrina's mom.
One of the main reasons Katrina competes is to receive scholarship money for college. "That's one of the reasons that she decided not to do a lot of athletics in school because she knew she had a lot of opportunity to win scholarships showing her cattle so that's what she does first," said Robbie.
Despite getting a little messy, Katrina couldn't imagine spending her weekends anywhere else. "The shows are like your family, you can trust everybody and everybody is your friend," said Katrina.
Now Katrina's next stop is in three weeks at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco.
|September 19 - 27|
Panhandle South Plains Fair