Behind all the animals at the Nueces County Junior Livestock show are the ag tech students; entering their wood and metal work into the show, hoping to win big.

Students build anything from trailers to barbecue smokers or wishing wells to coffee tables; the opportunities are endless. Among these students is Parker Christian, the Calallen 4H President; an ag tech veteran.

"I wanted to get involved with the community and learn to build things," Christian says.

The eighth-grader has been entering work into the stock show for years. He recalls the first time he competed with a handmade gun rack but this year, he decided to venture outside of his norm, building a Texas-sized dart board.

"I wanted to do something fun," Christian adds.

As the president of his 4H club, Parker has a lot of tasks like making sure everyone is on the same page with what's going on in Nueces County and building community relations.

"It's a lot of fun, you get involved with the community," the 14-year-old says.

Across the room from Christian is Annelise Garcia, a junior at Banquette High School. This was her first time competing in the stock show with an outdoor, grill island.

"Well I want to be an engineer and I just wanted to get some experience before I go off to college," Garcia says.

Garcia says her father and brother inspired her to take a shop class at school, leading her to take a chance and enter the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show. Luckily, Garcia's hard work paid off, her grill island won second place in her class.

"I'm very proud of how it turned out," she adds.

On Saturday, many of the handmade pieces will be up for auction, and a portion of the money made goes back to it's creator.

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