Check-in for poultry, market goats, lambs, rabbits and hogs lasted from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Bee County Expo Center grounds. Bee County youths, some seasoned veterans and others rookies, shared in the excitement of watching all their hard work pay off.
Vicki Foley, rabbit judge for the Bee County Junior Livestock Show, was impressed by the contestants ability to adapt to unexpected, adverse situations.
“It’s hard to get the animals ready in weather like this, but the kids have really done a good job,” Foley said.
Newcomers were easily spotted as their animals walked them instead of vice versa, but excitement beamed from their faces.
Ten-year-old Kaelyn Pilgrim, in her first year of showing, got her three goats, Lolli, Surprise and Paint, ready for their overnight stay before judging begins Thursday.
“It’s a pretty good experience and I like to work with my goats,” Pilgrim said.
Others echoed the same sentiments and have grown attached to their animals. Though showing them off is an exciting time, most will miss the companions that they have been working with daily for several months.
Judging for poultry was Wednesday evening, rabbit, lambs and goats Thursday evening and hogs rounding up the animal judging on Friday morning.
The awards luncheon is noon Saturday followed by the special sale at 2 p.m. at the Expo Center.