A fidget of farm girls giggled as they tickled a half dozen piglets in a pen at the FFA Children’s Barnyard.
Always a major kid magnet, the Barnyard is a permanent fixture of the Fort Worth Stock Show, commanding a big space between the swine and sheep barns near the southwest entrance to the grounds.
A dozen breeds from seven animal species are on display. And, with the exception of a Crossbred sheep and her lamb and a miniature Zebu (South Asian cattle breed that looks similar to a Brahma, but is about a quarter the size) and her calf, the FFA volunteers can hold the babies up to the fences so guests get a closer look.
Piglets are adorable and really fun to play with, said a couple of 17-year-old Grandview FFA girls named Abby Reynolds and LeAnn Pollock.
“I’ve shown pigs since 2008,” Pollock said. “I’ve gotten grand champion overall at the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show. When they’re babies, you just want to hold them and play with them. But, I do like bacon.”
The Barnyard is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and FFA volunteers are there to answer questions from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. most days. – Terry Evans