Livestock show kicks off in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville, TX (KETK)  It was a busy day for some animal lovers.  The 67th Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show started in Jacksonville Thursday.

Kendal Henry was one of the competitors.  She got her lamb when it was four months old.
 
“Every time I walked out to the pin I didn’t really have a name for him, so I would just be like, ‘hey dude,’ and it just kinda stuck,” said Henry.
 
Now the high school junior is preparing to show dude this weekend.
 
“It’s really fun,” said Henry.  “I mean it’s a great way to bond with your animal and just meet other people from other schools and see what you’re up against.”
 
There were more than 600 entries from five-year-olds to 18-year-olds competing.
 
“The first two weeks is bonding basically,” said Henry.  “You sit out in the pin with them, walk them, feed them, get them halter broke.  Then you start getting them set up and stuff, working on them how they’re suppose to look when they’re in their show ring.”
 
They raise them, but they don’t necessarily get to keep them.  On Saturday, many of the animals will be sold.
 
“Usually the buyer will take them off,” said Henry.  “Maybe they’ll get kept…maybe they won’t.”
 
The competitors said they love the show, but it can be a little stressful.
 
“It’s always going to be nerves,” said Henry.  “I mean it’s human nature to be nervous, but once you get in there it’s really fun.”
 
Henry is confident she will make a great team with her Dude.

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