FFA, 4H students showcase animals during Market Day at Big Fresno Fair

FRESNO, Calif. - Wednesday was market day at the Big Fresno Fair's livestock pavilion.

Hundreds gathered to watch as both FFA and 4H students proudly showed the animals they've been raising.

It all leads up to Wednesday's crowning of the 2017 Supreme Champions.

Students said the Big Fresno Fair showcase is one they look forward to all year.

From pigs, to sheep and cows, more than 1,300 FFA and 4H students were up bright and early prepping their animals for the Big Fresno Fair's Market Day..

"I was here about 5:30 a.m. in the morning to get him ready. brushed, blow dried, and rinsed," Ireland Farmer, an member of FFA Clovis Chapter, said.

"We feed it and walk it a lot, make sure it's calm and make sure it behaves well in the ring," Braeden Hergenroeder, 4H Kerman Chapter, said.

Hergenroeder has been a part of 4H for nearly half his life. He said he started around nine years old, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.

"It's just a fun activity to do," Hergenroeder said.

He, along with hundreds of students from around the Valley, spent several months to a year raising their animals.

Many students grooming the day of the competition, all to show off to the judges and hopefully sell their animal at the Big Fresno Fair Livestock Auction.

"We're basically showing off our animal and how good they are," Farmer said.

This is Farmer's last year showing animals as an FFA member, since she's now in college.

She said although it's a lot of work caring for her steer Fozzy, it's worth it and something she'll miss.

"It makes me proud of what I raised and um, basically worked on for almost a year to be able to show everyone," Farmer said.

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