I'm so thankful to all of the faithful buyers who come to the sale every year and support these kids by purchasing an animal. There are still good people out there that restore our faith in humanity... and many of them sit in the bleachers of 4-H auctions. ;)
I'm always sad to see the hogs go because they have a high entertainment value with all of their antics and hilarious personalities, but I will not miss the feed bill. Nope. Not one bit.
For the last two years, the kids have purchased local hogs from our county, and this year the hogs each placed 6th in their weight classes. That's enough to put them in the higher end of the show, and also put the kids near the beginning of the auction. But it's not enough to place in the top 3. All of this year's winners were purchased out of state. Our dilemma with this is that out-of-state hogs cost much more money to buy, and then you have to tack on the fuel and travel expense to go pick them up. In the end, our little county fair doesn't generate the sales prices to make it profitable. Folks who buy their pigs out of state are purely in it for the competition, and the ribbon...not for the money.
In our county, 7 year olds can't raise and sell a market hog, but they can use their sibling's hog to enter into a pee-wee showmanship class. I'm kicking myself for not bringing a camera that day, but it was a hilarious sight, to say the least. There were pigs running amok all over the show ring with little cowpokes chasing them in a scene of mass chaos. Our littlest girl was smiling like crazy and looking right at the judge with her pig front and center, and then proceeded to nearly take the judge's eyeball out with her pig whip. He couldn't stop laughing, and neither could we. It was hilarious. Everyone got a "special person" ribbon in that class because it's hard to give places to a class that bad. The judge spoke to every one of the kids and they all felt like they were the winners. HA! So funny.
In other fair news, our daughter's sewing projects all brought home 1st place ribbons in their prospective categories. She was very excited about this because she worked really hard this year.
Here were her prize winning projects: