COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Get ready for rides, music, exhibits and much more as the North Idaho fair kicked off Wednesday morning in Coeur d'Alene.

With flowers in her hair and a rhinestone belt, 9-year-old Makena Sande showed off her pig to the judges. She says her secret is to "keep him with me and not let him run off."

Makena's 4:30 a.m. wake up call on Wednesday morning wasn't a problem. She's just happy to spend time with her pig, Mr. Bubbles.

"Most of the time it's just getting to pet him and having him clean," she said.

All her hard work paid off, Makena took home a purple ribbon.

But for these 4-H kids it's more than the show and tell at the fair; just ask Makena's mom.

"It taught her responsibility and financing. They keep up with their record books and cost - it's a great learning experience," Corrie Sande said.

These kids take care of their animals for months. Becky Berger gets her steer each September and 11 months later she takes him to the fair.

"It's just kind of a family tradition every year to have animals and raise them," she said.

The fair goes until Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. each morning.