LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Youth Fair is in full swing and dozens of East Texas students are competing in livestock contests.
Kendrick Spencer spends a lot of time taking care of his prize-winning heifer. "Early mornings, late nights, long weeks shearing the heifers getting them cut and pretty and everything," said Spencer.
Prepping these big bovine isn't easy, espcecially for a busy high school student. "I wash her and blow dry her out and get her ready for the show and just practice with her, and set her up, just getting ready for that one time," said Rann Parmer.
They have one chance to make it all count, showing these heifers before a judge. They look at the health of the animal, muscle tone, and even showmanship before a winner is picked. "If you don't take good care of it, you [aren't] going to do very good."
It's not all about winning, Spencer knows there's a lesson to be learned. "It teaches responsibility, it teaches being proud of what you've done and, and showing what you've got to the fullest of your abilities and not backing down because something may seem hard or because somebody may be better."
The Angelina County Youth Fair is so much fun for many of the kids, they grow up and keep coming back."Through 4-H and FFA, and now their kids are back in the program and it's a learning experience for everybody," said Saundra Renfro, organizer. "It's a family affair to make it all work."
Spencer's efforts paid off big on Wednesday. He's hoping to cash in even more at the auction at the end of this week.
For a complete schedule of events go to http://www.lufkintexas.org/chamber/events/youthfair/