(Publisher’s note: This story was updated to include last night’s results.)
Don’t forget to attend and bid at tonight’s livestock auction and support area youth who worked hard to get their animals ready for fair.
The auction takes place in the Multi-Purpose Arena beginning at 7 p.m.
Grand champion hog went to Amanda Breuninger and reserve grand champion was won by Amanda Johnson.
Jack McCalla, 6, in his first time showing at the fair, took grand champion pair and Mason Trinkle took reserve champion.
Jack said he wanted to show pigs “because I want to get money to go to college, and because I want to be like Joel (Powers, his cousin and the swine superintendent.)”
“They’re not really friendly,” Jack said about the pigs, “but they’re kinda smart.”
He said he practiced walking them around with a cane to train them before he showed at this year’s fair.
Zeke Breuninger, 15, who had last year’s grand champion pig, said his pigs were friendly, but not as good as last year.
“I have nothing to prove this year,” he said, so all the pressure is off, and he was looking forward to the showmanship class.
Amanda Breuninger, 14, who had the grand champion, said she likes showing pigs because they are a lot easier to work with than steers.
“No one ever got hurt by a wild pig, but they can by a wild steer,” her dad, Bruce Breuniger said before the competition.
Olivia McCalla, 14, said she’d been showing pigs since she was 6 years old. “My dad did it when he was younger.”
Plus, she said pigs are easy to walk and “they aren’t mean like a steer.”
For McKenna Kern, 11, has also been showing at the fair since she was 6 years old. When asked why she chose to show pigs, she said, “Pigs are easy to show and they are a lot smarter than lambs.”