Hagen Knighten and Riley Hooks were Monday’s big winners in the Walker County Fair’s junior livestock show.

Knighten, who is two-for-two so far, placed first in the heavyweight class for his market lamb and won grand champion for the second year in a row Monday night.

The 29th annual fair continues at 8 a.m. this morning with the placing of rabbits followed by the judging at 8.

A style show starts at 3 p.m. in the main building and the market swine show at 6 p.m.

Event judge Rex Jones said Knighten’s lamb, One Spot, stood out from the rest by simply being “the whole package.”

“That lamb, to me, just put all of the things that I look for in these market lambs together,” Jones said.

“He’s real muscular, he’s got a real thick top, a lot of leg on him. He just really well put it all together.”

Knighten said he never expected to win twice in a row.

“I’m just glad I got to do it again,” Knighten said. “I knew I might win it again some other time, but not back-to-back.”

Knighten’s father, Ron, said he couldn’t be more proud of his son.

“To win it once is one thing, but to win it twice is great for him,” Ron Knighten said.

Hagen Knighten, 15, a freshman at Huntsville High School, is in his fifth year showing market lambs.

Knighten said he loves showing lambs because it the competition always falls on a Monday — and he gets to miss school.

The process of raising them, however, provides more than enough satisfaction, he said.

“All of it is rewarding,” Knighten said.

Other winners at the market lamb show included Bailey Wakefield, first place in lightweight, and Cheyenne Robinson, first place in middleweight.

Reserve grand champion was given to Mandie Morris-Matthews.

Hooks, 10, a fifth-grader at New Waverly Intermediate, won grand champion for his trio of broiler hens.

“It feels good (to win),” he said.

Event judge Floyd Golan said the broilers he inspected were exceptional, but said Hooks’ simply stood out that much more.

“He had three birds that were very uniform, very well on the breast and extremely large and full, and the thigh and the drumstick were also very full,” Golan said. “Also, the body capacity of those birds was also larger than the others which gives you more room to have more meat.”

Hooks’ father, John Hooks, said he is quite proud of his son, adding that the process of raising the broilers was very much a family affair.

“We all have our times to go to the chicken pen, because even just walking through the pen it will make them get up and eat,” John Hooks said.

Riley Hooks, the oldest of three siblings, started showing chickens simply because he loves being around animals.

“I just like being around them,” he said.

Matt Little was named reserve grand champion of the broiler show.