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Future farmers show off their hard work

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    Mia Lopez leads her steer out of the judging pen. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    Joshua Dube leads his pig around the pen during judging.
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    Contestants hold out their chickens to be judged.
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    Preston Maass won the grand champion prize in the youth category for the youth fair.
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    These two pigs take a quick morning nap before their time to be judged.
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    Dianna Lopez, whose daughter is showing animals in the livestock show, grooms a steer.
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    Kristie Ramirez leads this heifer to water.
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    Kelsey Dube and Alexis Woods care for Kelsey's pig.
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    A group of steer are lined up to be judged.
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    The cattle judging ends with a showmanship competition involving both steer and heifers.

Agriculture students from Elgin, McDade and surrounding areas brought the products of their hard work, from chickens to cattle to craft projects, to be judged on Friday and Saturday during the annual Elgin Livestock Show & Youth Fair, hosted by the Elgin Livestock Show Association. The youth fair featured a variety of crafts, handmade furniture, art pieces and baked goods available for sale on Friday evening and Saturday or through an auction on Saturday afternoon. The livestock show on Saturday morning consisted of judging rabbits, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle, with their handlers all competing for the top prizes.

Look out for more photographs and results from the show in the Elgin Livestock Show & Youth Fair special section with the January 29 edition of the Elgin Courier.