Fair participants start from an early age as they learn how to care for animals who are usually as big if not bigger than they are.
David Garcia III has been showing kiddie lambs for the past three years.
“This is my last year,” Garcia said. “I have won two buckles. One for grand-champion and the other for reserve.”
Garcia laughs as he recalls his lamb, Maxi, trying to eat his shirt every time he takes her for a walk.
“She has to be fed, sheered, walked,” Garcia said. “It takes a lot of work.”
Every day after school and when homework is done Garcia attends to Maxi.
“I'm learning to take care of her but I also have to keep my grades up or I can't be in the fair,” Garcia stated.
Garcia said that when he first got Maxi she would cry constantly for her mother, but after a few weeks she stopped and started listening to him.
“I like the fair mostly because I get to see my friends and eat potato-on-a-stick,” he said. “All the money I get goes to the bank for college.”
Garcia has an older sister named Marisa who also shows in the fair. This year, Marisa is showing rabbits.
The siblings plan to show more animals at the upcoming Freer Fair.