Thursday morning the Hopkins County Civic Center was packed with horns and buckets and people tending to their animals. At one end of the arena judges and spectators watch yearling longhorn bulls mill around a paddock.
Pam Kinsel was busy watering and feeding her longhorn steer ‘Birthday’. He is 13 years old (around 65 in human years), and possibly the oldest steer at the show. Pam admits there are younger steers at the show, and ones with larger more dramatic horns as well. But she could not leave ‘Birthday’ at home, “He’s part of the herd.”
The ITLA show will continue through Saturday night. The public is welcome to come and visit the show.