WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Many Texomans are preparing to rope in a big win at the Texas/Oklahoma Fair Livestock Show.
Getting ready for the Texas Oklahoma Fair Livestock Show takes dedication and commitment.
Ashlynn Grimes, a 10-year-old who has participated in the fair for three years, is showing her Dorper Sheep, named Twilight Moon, this Saturday.
Ashlynn said she has put in a lot of time to make sure her animal is ready to face the judges.
"I have to wake up every morning and feed them. I go to school, then I walk them after school," said Ashlynn.
She also clips her sheep's hair twice a week, grooms it and trims its hooves.
Bailee Owen, a junior at Rider High School, is also getting ready for the livestock showdown by making sure her goats are ready to go.
"It takes a lot of hard work. You have to feed them a certain amount every day, and you have to exercise them. You have to get them to walk and to run around the track to build up their muscles, so they can look as best as they can for the show," said Bailee.
Bailee has been showing goats since she was 8-years-old.
She laughed when asked how much time she puts into her animals.
"A lot! About an hour to an hour-and-a-half a day, and when it gets closer to show, even more it than that," said Bailee.
Both of these girls know what the judges are looking for, such as if the animals are structurally sound, their muscles, how you take care of the animals and, of course, showmanship.
However, it's not just about looks.
These participants also have to know the anatomy of their animals, and the judges will ask them questions.
One thing that participating in livestock shows like the one at the Texas Oklahoma Fair does is brings families together.
"My family helps me out. They pretend they are the judges so I know I'm prepared. They ask me questions that the judges will ask," said Ashlynn.
Bailee's family was also right there beside her giving the goats a lap around the pin and feeding them.
Both girls said caring for these animals teaches them responsibility, work ethic, and is a lot of fun.
Bailee and Ashlynn will be showing their animals this Saturday at the J.S. Bridwell Agriculture Center at the MPEC.
Admission to the show is free.