The sounds of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are echoing through the buildings of the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds this week. The 78th Junior Livestock Show is in full swing.
Fluttering around the sounds of the farm is the sound of old friends re-connecting and new friendships being made. On the outside, the junior show appears to be all about the animals, but it is a cornucopia of smiles from hardworking kids and proud parents, sharp dressed cowgirls and cowboys with their perfectly trimmed steers, sheep wearing spandex and gleaming white goats looking for their next mouthful of alfalfa.
The Junior Show draws families from all across eastern Washington, north Idaho and western Montana.
“It's kind of a family tradition. My wife showed sheep and her dad before her,” said Eric Keller.
He and his wife have four children and raise sheep on their Deer Park ranch. Keller says the farm life is a way of life, one that helps build a strong foundation for their life.