ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — You could find cattle, sheep, pigs and more this week during the annual Carter County Junior Livestock Show at Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

The livestock show, an 87-year tradition at the beginning of each new year, has established itself as a staple for aspiring farmers.

For some of this year's 4-H and Future Farmers of America participants, it's also about following in the footsteps of family members who've shown livestock before.

"My parents were showing in high school. My mother showed sheep and cattle,” said Fox High School sophomore Hailey Helmke. “Ever since I got to watch them do their thing in the show ring and really care about these projects, I got into it."

"It can be very challenging, but hopefully they set a good deal and it sets you up for success in life," added Dickson High School freshman Brandt Allen.

Between sheep, goat, steer and cattle showings in this year’s junior livestock show, 120 students participated, and the biggest hit: The Heart of a Champion show, which was created three years ago for kids with special needs.

That event had 83 participants — a record.

"Publicizing what we do in the show ring is really important, because we need to connect with people," Helmke said.

At the conclusion of this year's event, the junior livestock show board will begin planning fundraisers for next year.