True showmanship

We dare you to try and look at a photo of a happy kid or an animal and not smile.

Go ahead, try it.

Chances are that you'll smile at the 2012 Livestock Show photos in this month's user-submitted photo contest.

From a baby at her first petting zoo, to two swine hugging in the warmth of fresh feeder, every photo is a true winner.

This is because the livestock show is more than just about selling animals. It's about building stronger bonds with family, friends and, of course, the animals.

These kids go above and beyond when it comes to showing their animals.

The weeks of raising animals and lifelong responsibilities learned all pay off when one simple picture reminds you that these are just kids at heart.