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Jul 9, 2012 10:28 PM by Nikki Ibarra, KSBY News

Central Coast 4-H, FFA students weigh livestock for qualification at Santa Barbara County Fair

The Annual Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its 5-day run Wednesday at the Santa Maria Fairpark.

Live music, food, petting zoo and rides will be there for your entertainment.

Doors open from 11 AM to 10 PM, but the carnival is open a little later, and closes at 12. On Wednesday, it is only $1 to get in.

But Monday, Central Coast students packed the park to see if their livestock is ready to be sold on Friday.

Students lined the beef barn to make sure their cows were up to par.

"I was there throughout the whole process, and I'm going to be sad when she goes," said Chelsea Stevenson from Righetti High School in Santa Maria.

Stevenson, who is in FFA, has spend the last 9 months grooming, feeding and bonding with her heifer, Lucy.

"It takes a lot of time, energy, money but I'm going to be sad. I'm going to miss it," added Stevenson.

And it all comes down to this moment, to see if Lucy makes the cut.

"She made weight by 226 pounds. Pretty excited that I made it this far. It's a big deal to make weight," said Stevenson.

Each cow has to weigh at least 1,000 pounds in order to be auctioned off.

So Lucy's safe, but not ever cow is so lucky. On Monday, there were 3 cows that didn't make the cut.

But the one thing these students don't look forward to is that time when their cows get a new owner. "I'm hoping I'm going to get to see it, have a buyer who's going to let me see the baby when it's born. That would be really cool because I did raise her," added Stevenson.

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