Grayson County students participate in special needs livestock show

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- People from all over the area are competing in the annual Texoma Livestock Show this week. Thursday, more than 100 Grayson County students with special needs stepped into the spotlight.

"It was fun," 14-year-old Wyatt Ziola said.

"It was awesome," 18-year-old Linda Shufff said.

Rabbits, goats, pigs and lots of smiles.

"I showed a goat," Shuff said.

"I showed a piggy," 14-year-old Steve McCraw said.

These students took part in the special needs livestock show Thursday, Showing with Heart.

"I'm very thankful to be here today," Shuff said.

It's an opportunity these kids have never had before.

"It brought me so much joy, cause he was happy," Jamie Tesdahl said.

Kids like Jamie Tesdahl's 16-year-old son Jayden.

"It makes the kids feel like they're just like anybody else and they are, they're amazing," Tesdahl said.

Mati Abner has been showing animals since third grade. She came up with the idea last year, as a senior at Howe High School.

"I couldn't think of something better for my passion and then something to give this group of students such a unique opportunity that they don't get anywhere else," Abner said.

This is the show's second year and it's nearly doubled in size.

"Giving them this opportunity, it's just amazing," Abner said.

There was a total of 104 participants from every school in Grayson County with a special needs program. They all got to show an animal, get a ribbon and walk away with memories that will last a lifetime.

"I want to give them the moment to feel that they are the star, they are the spotlight and that people love and care about them," Abner said.

"I had fun," 11-year-old River Connor said.

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