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3/30/07-Tyler

Junior Livestock Show In Full Swing

From pigs to steers to rabbits, the Smith County Junior Livestock show is a time for East Texas kids to show off their best. The show goes on for three days, but participants have been preparing their animals for months and one Bullard teenager has found the secret to taking home "Best in Show."  

Bullard High School senior Reagan Kelly knows pigs. She's been showing them at livestock shows like Smith County's since eighth grade.

"Every time it's nerve-racking. I get butterflies in my stomach," she explains.

And Friday was no exception. Her two pigs won Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. That's first and second place.   

"It was pretty exciting actually because I don't know if it's actually been done before."

The 18-year-old says there's no real secret to her winning, just lots of hard work.

"Everyday I get out of school, I go to the barn, I clean pig pens, and then I wash, walk and then weigh...more work than a lot of people think," Reagan says.

Showing pigs is truly a family affair for Reagan. That's because for the past four years she and her brothers have taken home the banner for Grand Champion.

"We like to win and we want that banner, we want to have that buckle, and you know just the prestigious rights of saying we won four years in a row," explains her brother Blake Kelly.

But the Kellys say it's more than just winning.

"It builds a lot of good characteristics in a kid to come and do and this kind of stuff and that's why I support my little brother and sister in it," says Blake.

And it'll help pay for Reagan's college tuition because a Grand Champion like hers can go for five thousand dollars at the auction sale. Now, that's a lot of dough for a whole lot of pig.

Reagan's pig and other Grand Champions will be sold at the "Sale of Champions" Saturday at 2pm at the East Texas fairgrounds in Tyler.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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