A group of 40 special needs students learned about animals on Friday at the “Grand Champion Drive” in Kountze.

With the help of Hamshire-Fannett students, Hardin-Jefferson High School’s Future Farmers of America group hosted the event which gave special needs students the opportunity to interact with horses, goats, cows and other farm animals.

The Hawks FFA President Juliana Henry wants all students to have the opportunity to show livestock.

“We just saw a really big need for our special needs students in our community to be able to experience what we experience at a show,” Henry said. “So we put all of this together so they can experience what they experience."

Student Asa White got to see one of his favorite animals, a cow, for the first time today.

“Just how big it was, I was surprised," White said.

But even this Champion admits he learned a little more information than he bargained for.

“Cows fat is in gum that's the biggest thing (I learned).

He said he will be chewing gum a lot less often after Friday.

This once in a lifetime experience leaves a lasting impression on the 40 special needs students.

“We just really wanted to show how everyone's able to show an animal,” Henry said. “Even if you’re really small or not able to hold it by yourself, we wanted everyone to have the experience walking into the show ring. Getting your medal and showing off what you can do"

Organizers said they hope to include more students next year.