It would be hard to gauge who had the biggest smiles during the Brown County Youth Fair event known as A Day in the Ring.

Would it be the 40 special population kids who got an opportunity to show animals, or the 30 FFA and 4-H exhibitors who escorted them around the ring, judge David Garrett of Early and the other adults present?

A Day in the Ring, sponsored by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance and coordinated by Brown County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, returned to the youth fair Tuesday for the third year. The event is a “win-win-win,” someone was heard remarking.

The children led animals, loaned by youth fair exhibitors, around the arena and stopped in front of a Brown County Youth Fair backdrop for photos.

There was no actual judging. The engaging Garrett stopped and visited with each child, chatting and offering handshakes and high-fives. Garrett broke up briefly when addressing the crowd on a microphone.

Each child received a trophy, a grand champion rosette, a T-shirt and goody bag.

“It just means the world,” Chanda Moseley, agency manager for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance in Brownwood and secretary of the Brown County Fair Association board, said of A Day in the Ring.

“It keeps everything in perspective. You can’t really put into words what it is. It’s just an awesome event.”