Friends in Show Places
Stock show friends are incomparable and priceless. Take it from the group of friends found here during the Arizona National Livestock Show, Lane, Jesse, Emma and Kaylee. Four friends, all from California who had never met before, show hogs together and have been inseparable since meeting in Phoenix. We sat down with them, through giggles and silly stories, to discuss how to make friends at stock shows, who the goofiest one of the group is (because there’s always one of those) and what you and your friends can do on your downtime at shows.
Jesse and Lane are celebrating their 1 year “friendversary” here in Phoenix, where they met during the barnyard olympics. They had to seperate into groups based on where they lived and the rest, as they say, is history. “Everyone else lived far away from me, but I heard where Lane was from and I thought, well, that’s like 30 minutes away from me, how did I not know that?” said Jesse. “Ever since then we started talking, we hung out at the show, we did everything and I feel good that I met him. If not, I would have friends, but not someone like Lane.”
Emma and Kaylee, sisters also from California, met Lane through Jesse. They met Jesse during Western Bonanza, and when they invited him to the water park, Jesse asked if Lane could tag along. They soon realized they were a great team and continued to stay connected through social media and meet up during shows.
Their top tips on making new friends at stock shows are stepping outside of your comfort zone and approaching people, and always make a good first impression.
*Cue Lane making a creepy face and asking someone to fill up his cup with water, demonstrating how NOT to approach a potential pal.*
We determined that Lane was the goofy one, Jesse the smart one, Kaylee the kind one and Emma the dramatic one. A well rounded group always has some diversity.
To stay busy during shows, they pass their time by participating in barnyard olympics, getting free things at booths, checking out other barns and hang out with their hogs.
Because of their common interest in showing, and the clear chemistry they have, they all believe they will continue to stay friends. Even Lane, with his goofy personality, said his favorite part about their friendship is that he can depend on them.
Making friends at stock shows can be intimidating, but, like Lane, Jesse, Emma and Kaylee, the show kid life brings opportunities for a bond stronger even than their love for showing. You’ll never know who you’ll meet in the show ring - they could end up being your friends for the rest of your life.