PHOTO ESSAY: A look inside the world of animal showing at the Boone County Fair

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- Like many recent high school graduates, Carlee Clemons spent the summer working to save money for her first year of college, but the Burlington resident is still waiting to take home her first paycheck.

After months of hard work and meticulous planning, she's hopeful it will all pay off by the end of the Boone County Fair this weekend. That's where Clemons has spent the past week showing animals in 4-H competitions in hopes of winning cash prizes and the chance to sell to potential buyers.

While not a traditional job for an 18-year-old, Clemons works full-time caring for two beef feeder steers, two dairy cows, four hogs, one lamb and a goat since their births over the past year.

"Some of the babies we’ve raised from the bottle, so it’s cool to see them grow up and present them as at the fair. And if you can sell them, the money aspect is also rewarding," said Clemons.

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