More young people involved in 4H livestock shows - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

More young people involved in 4H livestock shows

Posted: Updated:

AMARILLO - The Tri State Fair isn't just about fun and games for young fair-goers.

Entries for the livestock shows at the Tri State Fair are up this year.

Over 2,000 people entered all types of animals from rabbits to cattle to compete, and many of those young show folk are as young as nine years old.      
 
"Haying, watering, feeding, working with my cattle, letting them trust me, it took a lot of work," 4th grader Kiera Stehr said.

When you hear all the work that goes into raising an award winning heifer, it's hard to believe a 4th grader could make it happen.

But Stehr has been a natural since she was five years old competing all over the south as a 4H and even winning a national award.

"I just like all the people's good sportsmanship and all the cattle showing and how you can make you heifer so wonderful and pretty," Stehr said.

But it's not just cattle. Kids as young as nine years old raise everything from chickens and pigs, to rabbits and sheep.

Something that Tri State Fair Livestock Supervisor JD Ragland says takes time and determination.

"We like to say that we use the livestock project to train and really grow our kids in the livestock area," Ragland said.

6th grader Addison Hicks won several awards with her pig Sunday, even competing against 4H showers twice her age.

Hicks will be showing her pig next week at the State Fair in Dallas and hopes all her hard work will pay off.

"You have to go out every morning and evening and walk them and feed them. It just teaches you very well on responsibility," she said.

Ragland says 4H and Future Farmers of America are becoming more popular not only in our area, but across the state.        

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Miles Bench competency trial nearing end

    Miles Bench competency trial nearing end

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:29:05 GMT
    DUNCAN, Okla._High drama in the courtroom as defense attorneys tried to get a mistrial declared in the Miles Bench's competency trial. The 23-year-old accused killer sat motionless Wednesday afternoon
    High drama in the courtroom as defense attorneys tried to get a mistrial declared in the Miles Bench's competency trial.
  • Driver says he hit hydrant to miss animal

    Driver says he hit hydrant to miss animal

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:34:18 GMT
    LAWTON, Okla._A man says he was swerving to avoid hitting an animal when he lost control and hit a fire hydrant. A driver hit a fire hydrant and broke it off of the water line it was connected to after
    A man says he was swerving to avoid hitting an animal when he lost control and hit a fire hydrant.
  • Fort Sill trains women for combat positions

    Fort Sill trains women for combat positions

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:00:52 GMT
    FORT SILL, Okla._Whether or not women should be on the front lines has many divided. Whether you like it or not, women right here at Fort Sill are training to take those positions and say they deserve
    Whether or not women should be on the front lines has many divided. Whether you like it or not, women right here at Fort Sill are training to take those positions and say they deserve the chance.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.