LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's been a busy week atthe Angelina County Youth Fair. As students get ready for the steer and heifershow on Friday, there were others who couldn't stop smiling from their recenttriumphs.
"It's great," HudsonSophomore Cade Milligan said. "Finally I got it done; after so long I finallygot there."
Milligan has been showinglambs for seven years and never won until today when his lamb named Slick broughthome division champion.
Milligan also brought homethe showmanship buckle for the way he presented Slick to the judges
Even though it wassomething he practiced, Milligan still had butterflies.
"I was a littlenervous just like every time," Milligan. "You always get a littlenervous."
With his home fair done,Milligan is now setting his eyes on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
"Houston is a wholedifferent ball game," Milligan said. "It's not little show. You're competing againstlot more people than [a small] lamb show when you get to Houston."
While it took Milligan several years to reachthe prize, two first time competitors didn't have to wait long for theirchampionships.
"It was kind of weirdfor me because they were all teenagers and they had shown before and are usedto it," Central Jr. High student Riley Brooks said. Brooks brought home thechampionship in the Filly category of the Junior Horse show competition.
"I was really excited whenI won because I beat them all."
For Brooks, theannouncement that her horse buckles had won took her by surprise.
"I really didn't knowbecause when they lined me up I thought I was in trouble," Brooks said.
Zavalla Elementarystudent, Justin Boulware said he couldn't have done this without a specialsomeone who taught him how to train Duke.
"My mom, she inspiredme," Boulware said.
Boulware said that anyonecan show a horse if they just practice.
The fair continues on Friday with the highlightsbeing the hog, Beef Heifer and Market Steer Show.
The fair takes place at the George H.Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin.