LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Junior Livestock show is well under way at the Burton Coliseum barn, 7001 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.
Around 400 4-H and Future Farmers of America members are exhibiting more than 700 animals at the show - and everyone is invited to watch.
Vendors will be selling various items, ranging from essential oils to bags and jewelry to help raise money for exhibitor awards.
It takes months and months of preparation for exhibitors to get ready for a show.
"I love the work," said Madison Frazier who is just one of the nearly 400 exhibitors at the Calcasieu Parish Junior Livestock Show.
For Frazier, it's all about sheep and this year, she's showing a total of seven.
"My morning starts at 6 o'clock...going out to the barn and feeding and making sure everything is alright and go to show days; starting a week in advance and shaving and washing and just getting all of the tackle boxes and stuff ready; it's a lot," the Bell City High School senior said.
She has been showing for seven years now, and even though she said the days are long, she wouldn't trade it for the world.
'It's a lot of responsibility and it takes a lot of work and dedication and you have to want to do it; you can't just do it, it takes a lot," Frazier said.
Interacting with animals and other people is what keeps Gene Natali coming back.
"My mom and dad, they used to show when they were little and it's just fun to come out here and meet everybody," said, Natali, who goes to Iowa Middle School where he is the president of the 4-H club.
Both exhibitors have this advice for others who hope to show one day:
"To do it and have fun," Natali said.
"It's a lot of work, you know, but it's really fun to do if you want to do it," Frazier said. "It's amazing."
For more information, call 337-721-4090 or visit Calcasieu Parish 4-H's Facebook page.