ANDERSON — Kayla Moore, 13, from Anderson, was busy Thursday evening mucking out the stall where here cows were housed during the 44th Annual McDonald County Fair.

ANDERSON — Kayla Moore, 13, from Anderson, was busy Thursday evening mucking out the stall where here cows were housed during the 44th Annual McDonald County Fair.

"I have been showing cows since I was about 5," said Moore. "I started in the bucket calf division. I started because my uncle has an angus farm, and me and my cousins thought it was really cool that he had so many cows around. And we just wanted to show cows."

To muck out stalls, Moore used a shovel and a rake.

"You just want to kind of keep the poop (up), so with beef cattle you have shavings in the area and you want to get all of the poop out of the stalls, so they don't look dirty," she said. "Also, keep the stall clean."

The three-day fair began on Thursday, July 19 and concluded on Saturday, July 21, at the McDonald County Fairgrounds near the high school.

"The fair it has been really good," said Moore. "Our county, we do a really good job."

Asked what the judges look for in beef cattle, Moore said, "usually with beef cattle, they are looking for good structure."

But showing cattle for the fair is not just a one day preparation, it takes all year.

"You want to wash them daily, you want long hair cattle, fluffy hair cattle, you want them walking good," said Moore. "On my heifers we walk them almost every day just to get them muscle in their legs. Getting to know your heifers."

She enjoys going to the fairs, including the Missouri State Fair.

"At the state fair it is so much bigger and you get to talk to people from say from the Boot-hill (of Missouri), or people from Northern Missouri, it is just a really cool experience. To know people in your state that has the same passion of you."

Moore encourages others to get involved with the fair.

"To get involved, beforehand, go to county fairs, get to know some in the industry, listen to their advice," said Moore. "They have been doing this for a while. What to feed them, how to keep them good."