POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 5:20pm
The South Texas Youth Stock Show took place Friday at the Cameron County fairgrounds and is a long standing, 30-year tradition.
"In communities throughout the nation, our livestock shows are a big part of our community as it is here in San Benito," said San Benito Chamber of Commerce President, Zeke Padilla.
Most of the members start out when they're young, like Daniel Cavazos.
"I've been doing this since I was a Junior member, since I was in the third grade so FFA is pretty much what I've done all my life."
Cavazos's steer won grand champion today and he along with other participants know first hand of the hard work it takes.
There are several age groups where more than 400 participants come to show their prize livestock and learn valuable lifelong lessons.
"It's something that they learn hands on," said Padilla.
The San Benito Chamber of Commerce is a co sponsor of the event and padilla says it creates unity.
"It's an event that brings families together, it's all about family."
"We all work her, we all walk her. My mom comes up and brushes her, my sister walks her."
Mikey is 9-years-old and this is his first year participating. He says he's learning the ropes from his father.
"When he was in high school, he used to do this too, so now he actually has experience and he can teach me."
The participants can get the experience for one more day because the stock show ends Saturday night around 10 p-m.