Several children and teens reaped the rewards of their hard work in raising animals to exhibit at the Jack County Youth Fair.
Kobe Thomas, 10, of Jacksboro, took top honors in the gilt swine show.
Thomas said it was his second year to exhibit an animal for the show and his first to show a pig. Last year, he showed a goat.
Reserve champion gilt went to Thomas’ sister, Kamlynn who is 14 years old.
She has been showing pigs since third grade at the county show. She also showed a lamb and steer last year and another steer again this year.
The Thomases plan to hit the major shows soon — Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Houston.
Brandon Bloodworth exhibited the grand champion barrow at the county show.
Bloodworth has only shown an animal one other time — a goat his freshmen year. But what he lacked in experience compared to some of the other exhibitors, he made up for in tenacity.
Reserve champion barrow went to Hannah Drennan, who was also reserve champion in the cross breed show which Bloodworth won. She also took the junior showmanship buckle for the swine show.
She said it’s her fourth year to show and she’s shown pigs all four years, showing three this year.
She plans to show at Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Houston.
Baylee Anderson, Jacksboro freshman, showed the grand champion lamb.
It was Anderson’s third year to show lambs, but she showed pigs from third to seventh grade. She showed two lambs this year.
Read the full article in the Jacksboro Gazette News Jan. 14