No matter where one lives agriculture is an essential part of life from the clothes one wears to the food consumed. Jim Wells County Fair participants have learned, through hard work, that its up to them to keep agriculture in this county going.

Participants such as Raygen and Emma Lane of Orange Grove, Dominick Garcia of Ben Bolt Palito Blanco, and Preston and Zachary Wright of Alice have dedicated their young lives to raising animals.

Garcia has been showing hogs at the fair for nine years. “It takes lots of hours a every week to get prepared, he said. “But the best part is being with family, friends and representing the Ben Bolt Palito Blanco 4H.”

For the Wright brothers and others at the fair is how its a big family tradition. Preston won Reserve Champion at the JWC fair in 2013 and showed at the 2014 San Antonio Livestock Show. Zachary has shown goats for three years.

“We all put in a lot of work with our goats. We have them all summer which keeps you from going many places because we have to care for them everyday,” Zachary said.

While they all love the fair experiences they know that by raising animals they are learning future skills; skills like putting others before themselves.

“(We) have to water them every morning and in the evening we have to feed and water them. (We) have to work with my rabbits on how to pose them properly,” the Lane sisters said. “(We) spend a lot of time with (our) rabbits.”

When the girls can’t be there with their rabbits they make arrangements with one another and their parents to help care for the rabbits.

The JWC fair celebrates their 80th anniversary by instilling hard work, dedication and a love of animals into participants who will store all their memories and pass them on to others in their families.