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Feb 16, 2013 6:41 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Students Compete at Western Bonanza

Local students are showcasing their skills at the Wild Western Bonanza Junior Livestock Show this weekend.

The event started Saturday morning and continues through Sunday. The entire community is invited to come out to the Paso Robles Event Center for the show.

Participants range from age nine to 21. They'll be showcasing cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats.

Nine-year-old Carson Wallace is participating for the first time this year with his steer. "I've been waiting forever to do this. For like two years, I've just been going to the shows and learning and watching.

The event also includes a tradeshow with western apparel, accessories, and animal feed vendors.

This is the 29th year for the event. It started back in 1985 as a senior project at Cal Poly. Now, it's run entirely by Cal Poly students. "There's about 120 of us in the class with about 20 kids that are actually managers, and the rest are just helpers throughout the fair," said Jacob Conway, a senior Dairy Science major at Cal Poly.

Western Bonanza is the largest junior livestock show west of the Mississippi.

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