6 Things Kids Balancing School and the Stock Show Life Can Relate To
1. Yes, Professor, I am requesting to miss class for (yes, another) stock show.
2. To the kid sitting next to me in my math class, my shoes are not moccasins, they are called Twisted X. Let’s make that clear. But – thank you for saying you liked them!
3. You can be certain that every project or speech we do will relate to agriculture – and most likely livestock. That speech will also be presented confidently, since most stock show kids have given a couple sets of reasons, participated in a sales talk competition or interacted with a stubborn fairgoer or two in their day. Public speaking? No sweat.
4. Keeping your laptop up in class to keep an eye on that one calf or lamb that might be “the one” for next year. That’s definitely more important than lecture notes.
5. We notice the looks you give us when we wear bootcut or flared 7 jeans to class while everyone else is wearing skinny jeans and white Converse. Let’s see how practical those white Converse are in the show barn.
6. If any class involves agriculture or farming in general, you can bet that we’ll be playing close attention to what’s being taught. If there’s any facts or thoughts out of place, we’ll be quick to defend the industry we know and love by sharing accurate facts and firsthand experiences.
All said and done, there’s no doubt that stock show kids are constantly learning and growing into responsible young people, even when they’re outside of the classroom. The responsibility, drive to succeed and the ability to fail and persevere anyways simply can’t be taught in a classroom.
Here’s to the lessons learned in the show barn and the work done in the classroom by stock show kids!
Cover Photo Courtesy of AgriLife