Responsibility. Hard work. Winning with grace and losing with dignity. These are the things Ed Jennings says taking care of livestock has taught his son, Matthew, and his daughter, Emily.
The Dade City siblings have been entering livestock in the Florida State Fair's competitions since Matthew, now a high school junior, got his first pig in the third grade.
In a collection of barns in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, youth from across the state gather to show off their animals and learn about taking care of living things. A points system is designed to reward participants along every step of the agribusiness program, which director Vina Jean Banks says ties the fair to its original roots.
"Fairs were started by people bringing their animals ...to compete against each other," she said. "If you don't have agriculture, you don't have a fair."