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Youth impressive at annual livestock show

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Photography by Terry Hagerty.

Kate Kibby was a picture of concentration in the middle of the show ring at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show last weekend. Minutes later Judge Dwight Callis would reward Kate’s hard work as he announced to the crowd at the Ken Estepp Show Barn that the Bastrop Middle School 7th grade student was winner of the Grand Champion steer competition.

While most students are likely still sleeping during weekday mornings, Kate and other 4-H and FFA students had been up at the crack of dawn during the past several months. “It’s a lot of work – I get up in the morning at 6 a.m. to feed my steer,” Kate said as she stood next to her superb looking Charolais, a hardy breed which originated in France.

Kate said she was enjoying being with friends who were also competing. “It’s fun to see how other (students) show their animals, and watching them. You can definitely learn from watching.”

The show ran for two days. Youth, who either attend Bastrop ISD schools or are home-schooled within the district, showed rabbits and broilers on Friday night; and lambs, goats and steers on Saturday – followed by the post-show sale in the afternoon. Right after the competition they enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch, served up by Bastrop’s Billie’s Pit Bar-B-Q.

Amanda Howard, a Cedar Creek High School senior who was wearing the crown of a 4-H “Sweetheart”, was also entered in the competition. She loved the camaraderie her fellow students displayed, even while in the thick of competition. “We all turn into one giant family when we’re out here, and we all help each other out,” Howard said.

And right next to the show barn, another fascinating Bastrop Antique Farm Show was afoot with vintage farm tractors and other neat items.

Sam Alexander, from Bastrop, was enjoying the outdoor display while holding his young daughter. “I’m here for the tractor show and she wants to see the goats,” Alexander exclaimed with a laugh. “There’s a lot of variety with these engines and old tractors on display.” Glancing over at the main show arena, and a just finished portion of the livestock show, Alexander added, “These kids definitely work hard getting ready – it’s impressive!”

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