We’ve seen our little friend walk his pig so I expected the pigs to walk calmly into the arena and strut their piggy-ness...but I did not expect to see six to eight 250+ pound pigs walking in the arena at the same time. It was more like a pig free for all with their respective kids trying their best to keep their pig calm, and away from the edges of the arena. Of course, the pigs headed straight for the edges of the arena. When that happened, their minders needed to prod, lead, tap, pat or poke their pigs toward the correct location.
All the while, the judge walks the arena and looks at each pig according to his specific set of criteria. After a few minutes of semi-organized pig walking, he picks up the microphone and makes his announcement as to which pig wins first thru sixth place for that weight class. There were 11 weight classes, ranging from 225 pounds to 283 pounds! The kids ranged in age from 9 to 17.
It was rather delightful to see teenagers managing a pig. I could not imagine some city kids even wanting to get near a pig, let alone raise one from a tiny “weiner” to a full grown hog!
I don’t know if the judge was fair or not, as I could not truly determine if a pig had the right shape belly or was loose enough. Some kids won, some kids lost...and all the kids took it like adults! Good for them!
The last event was for the peewees or kids under 7. It’s truly amazing and wonderful to see little people weighing in at less that 50 pounds trying to manage a 250+ pound pig! And, they did it. The judge picked one of the little guys as winner and the event was over. The little guy below was too young for the peewees, but look at him...he all dressed up with his hat, jeans, boots and spurs! He’ll be ready next time.