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More championships handed out Thursday at the Angelina Co. Youth Fair


It's been a busy week at the Angelina County Youth Fair. As students get ready for the steer and heifer show on Friday, there were others who couldn't stop smiling from their recent triumphs.

"It's great," Hudson Sophomore Cade Milligan said. "Finally I got it done; after so long I finally got there."

Milligan has been showing lambs for seven years and never won until today when his lamb named Slick brought home division champion.

Milligan also brought home the showmanship buckle for the way he presented Slick to the judges

Even though it was something he practiced, Milligan still had butterflies.

"I was a little nervous just like every time," Milligan. "You always get a little nervous."

With his home fair done, Milligan is now setting his eyes on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

"Houston is a whole different ball game," Milligan said. "It's not little show. You're competing against lot more people than [a small] lamb show when you get to Houston."

 While it took Milligan several years to reach the prize, two first time competitors didn't have to wait long for their championships.

"It was kind of weird for me because they were all teenagers and they had shown before and are used to it," Central Jr. High student Riley Brooks said. Brooks brought home the championship in the Filly category of the Junior Horse show competition.

"I was really excited when I won because I beat them all."

For Brooks, the announcement that her horse buckles had won took her by surprise.

"I really didn't know because when they lined me up I thought I was in trouble," Brooks said.

Zavalla Elementary student, Justin Boulware said he couldn't have done this without a special someone who taught him how to train Duke.

"My mom, she inspired me," Boulware said.

Boulware said that anyone can show a horse if they just practice.

The fair continues on Friday with the highlights being the hog, Beef Heifer and Market Steer Show.

The fair takes place at the George H. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin.

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