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Spring Fair allows schools to show off FFA talent

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Lawton, Okla._A local tradition that has been around since 1930 is happening once again in Lawton this week.

The Comanche County Spring Fair and Livestock Expo is going on at the county fair grounds. All week, FFA students from county schools will be showing off their hogs, cows, goats and sheep, and there's even cash prizes for the winners.

Alyssa Snow has been showing pigs for four years and got into it because it was a family tradition going back to her parents, but it was the connection she got with her older sister that really got her into showing livestock, "Once she got pigs I thought it was cool, and she learned responsibility and hard work. I thought it would be fun so I joined and I love it."

Now, Snow gets to be that influence on her younger sister But it doesn't mean she'll be taking it easy on her, "I am pretty competitive, I like to win whether she is my sister or not, but I really like to win over my sister. I'm two years older than her so I have more experience, but if she were to win that would be fine with me and I would be happy for her."

Responsibility and hard work was a common trait many of the students had, and it's something learned from showing. One organizer of the fair, Sonny Stoll, said their hard work pays off in the end, "If you work hard, take good care of your projects, and win you get paid for your efforts."

Winners of the events get cash prizes, and Stoll said these kids use the awards for the right reasons, "A lot of them use their money to help pay their way through college, and also help pay for part of the expenses on their projects."

With all the hard work and prizes available, Snow says can put a lot of pressure on the competitors, but she has a way to overcome that, "I just keep in mind, you know, you've been working at this for three months now you can do it."

Snow adds the county fair is one of their biggest shows, and it adds to the pressure because they want to be able to go out there and put on a good show for the place they are from.

The fair goes on all week, and ends Friday after a luncheon and bonus sale that raises the money for the crash prizes. In the past, they've raised as much as $115,000.

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