The fourth day of the Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Livestock Show kicked off Thursday morning with the swine and rabbit shows.

Peaster 4-Her Selah Salmons won grand champion overall in the breeding gilt category. 

“It feels great,” Salmons said about winning. “My goal is to break the little kid barrier and then go into the teenage barrier and try to break that.”

Salmons, a fourth grader, won the award with her pig Cheetah, also known as Skittles.

“Skittles is her nickname and Cheetah is her real name,” Salmons said. 

Salmons also won reserve champion overall with her goat and said this is her third year to show.

“I like the responsibility and how it teaches you manners and patience,” Salmons said. “I show goats too and I’m going to show lambs, and then whenever I grow up I’m going to show steers.”

Springtown 4-Her Colton Phillips was also at the livestock show with his pig, but had not competed yet. 

“I showed rabbits for one year and then I showed crops and now I’m showing pigs,” Phillips said. “I like how you see the animal grow and you know its purpose. You get attached, but not too attached to it because you know they’re going to go in that truck at the end of the day.”

Phillips, a student at Springtown Middle School, has been showing for three years.

“I like roping a lot too, so my goal is to make some money so I can buy me a roping horse,” Phillips said. 

Poolville 4-Her Dylan Hoes was waiting for his turn in the rabbit show with his rabbit, Lilly.

“I’ve shown two years with rabbits and one year with goats,” Hoes said. “It’s just fun getting to train them. With rabbits you have to get them to pose correctly, but also you have to know everything about your breed for showmanship.”

Hoes said his goal is to just do his best with Lilly.

Haylee Goodwin with Poolville 4-H has been showing rabbits for two years.

“I like the fun in it — being active with the animals,” Goodwin said. “I like showing the smaller rabbits.”

Goodwin said her goal is to do well in showmanship.

Friday and Saturday PCLIA Livstock Show events will include the Parade of Champions, the awards and recognitions ceremony and the auction.