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Home Grown: Local 4-H kids show animals on opening day of the Yuma County Fair

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - In today's Home Grown report, the 71st annual Yuma County Fair kicked off Tuesday, with local 4-H kids showing their animals in the arena!

The Yuma County Fair is not only a time for great food and thrilling rides, but it’s a time for our local 4-H members to shine and showcase the projects they have been working on all year. 

Wyatt Bacon started showing animals when he was 10 years old.
“So this is prancer named after the reindeer," said Wyatt.

This year he raised a production feeder calf.
“We just weighed in today and he weighed in at about 429 pounds," he said.

Wyatt says raising the calf has taught him some major responsibilities.

“I got him at two days old and from there we bought bags of milk and bags of grain and every morning and every night I had to go out there and make milk,” said Wyatt.

And not only did he raise the calf, but he trained him too. 
“We’re hoping to win big. I’ve been working with him, taking him on walks around the neighborhood. He gets some funny looks going around the city with a calf,” he said.

Katie Lugo is also a 4-H ambassador.
“I have been showing for nine years, since I was 9, and I’m really happy that he’s my pig this year,” said Katie.

She says all her hard work payed off in the arena. 
“I placed third in my class and he did really good. Showmanship is all about the exhibitor, but market is all about this guy,” said Katie.

And although Katie says it will be sad to sell her pig, she says it’s part of the project. 
“To think that I get to raise him to be able to feed somebody who may not have food that year, maybe putting food on somebody else’s table just makes me feel happy," she said.

Keep in mind, Saturday is the auction so if anyone is interested in purchasing a home-grown animal from a home-grown kid, visit the junior livestock committee office for more information. 

Or you can just come out to the fairgrounds to see the animals starting starting today and through the week.

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