The 83rd annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show continued Tuesday at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown as more animals were brought into their barns.

The big arrival Tuesday were the pigs.

A long line of trucks and trailers brings the pigs in for the annual event.

"This is my fourth pig show at County and this is my second year in Nueces and I show at all the majors too," Calallen High School freshman Kyleigh Hemken said.

Hemken knows pretty much all there is to know about swine.

"I have no life outside of pigs. I'm just everything pigs. I'm always in the barn constantly," Hemken said. "I've been in a barn ever since I was little. I spend 24/7 in a barn. I go to school and go to the barn, go back to the school, go back to the barn. It's just constantly rotating."

It's Hemken's dedication to raising pigs and learning about them that has garnered quite the list of accolades.

"Last year I won Overall Supreme Champion Guild at Mercedes," Hemken said. "I won last year at County. I got Reserve Breed. I won many multiple first places and second places."

She's quite the showman and has it down to a fine art.

"It doesn't matter if you have the worst pig in a barn or the best pig in a barn," Hemken said. "A good showman can make the worst pig look the best and a bad showman can make the best pig look bad. It just depends on who's showing and how you show. It's more of a passion."

Hemken said she's sharing her experience with those younger than her.

"I really want them to be in the agricultural field, showing pigs, learning responsibility, learning time management, learning dedication; because I know when I was little, that helped me a lot," Hemken said.

Hemken said she's going to keep working and learning in hopes of inspiring those who will follow in her footsteps.

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