Animals are taking over the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center starting Thursday as the annual Ascension Parish 4-H Livestock shows get under way.

In addition to the cows, pigs, chickens, lambs and goats displayed by 4-H members, the Ascension Parish 4-H Club hosts its annual pet show at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s 4-H building Thursday.

Registration for the pet show is at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. The show is open to all Ascension Parish 4-H members.

The main categories are cats, dogs and other pets, which can include anything from a snake to a hamster. Children and their pets can win prizes in several categories including longest tail, brightest color and best dressed.

All contestants will be charged a $1 entry fee.

Proceeds from the concession stand benefit the Ascension Parish 4-H Livestock Club.

The Ascension Parish 4-H annual Stick Horse Rodeo will be held Friday at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s 4-H building. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. The show is open to all youth 11 years old and younger. The stick horse rodeo has a $5 entry fee.

The livestock show continues through 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to see the competition.