ABILENE, TX - Several Big Country children got an up close encounter with farm animals Tuesday morning.
For some, this was their first experience with agriculture.
"They're really good and I like it," participant Emma McReary said.
She is a Brown County student, and got to participate in the rodeo.
The new event is called "The Brown County Youth Fair Special Needs Show,” and it's a part of the County Fair.
Each child was given a 4-H or FFA youth mentor and a sheep.
Lauryn Carrol is a high school senior and served as a mentor.
"This is the third special needs show that I've done. I enjoy working with the kids, they have a lot of fun doing it. And since they have a lot of fun, so do we,” Carrol said.
A lot of time goes into working with the animals and teaching the children.
"It's something that's brought me a lot of joy in my life. Giving them the chance to be able to do it even for one day, it brightens their day and teaches them so much,” Carrol said.
It opened doors for over 30 Brown County children with unique needs.
Chanda Moseley is with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance - a sponsor of the inaugural event.
"These kids don't always get the opportunity to experience agricultural things, as far as with livestock, and just being exposed to this kind of lifestyle. So it's a very unique opportunity," Moseley said.
The students were able to walk away with an award, a one-of-a-kind experience, and new knowledge of their furry friends.
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