The largest animal species division at the 2019 Kiowa County Fair was swine, and competitors packed the ring with their prize pigs.
The swine show was one of the big events on Tuesday, July 16 at the Kiowa County Fair. This is the species with the most competitors, so the day had a lot of potential for a lot of competitors.
There are a couple of different classes that young 4-Hers can compete in to show off their hard work from the year. Showmanship is the first class of the day. It is broken up into two divisions, senior and junior. This class is focused on the competitor, and how well they show off their animal.
Addison Heinson won Grand Champion in the senior division, while Bo West took Reserve Grand Champion.
Brandon Brown, Ellery McMurry, and Parker Stauth all received blue ribbons.
Hannah Greenleaf topped the Junior division, with Boone McDonald coming in second with reserve grand champion. Addison Higbie, Larston Higbie, Aiden Roenbaugh, Carson Roenbaugh, Brett West, and Jarret Wirth all received blue ribbons for their efforts.
Next up was the market class, which is broken up by weight - lightweight, middleweight, middle heavyweight, and heavyweight. Brandon Brown’s lightweight and heavyweight market swine received top blues in their classes, while Boone McDonald’s middleweight pig won its class, and Larston Higbie’s pig came out on top for the middle heavyweight class. These four competitors then came back into the ring to decide who had the best overall swine at the 2019 Kiowa County Fair.
The judge looked at different qualities of the market animal, and chose Boone McDonald’s pig as the top prospect, rewarding him with a shiny new belt buckle. There were six gilts in the breeding gilts class this year. Jarrett Wirth received grand champion, while McDonald received reserve grand champion.
Open class competitors Jesse Wirth and Rhett Heinson both received blue ribbons for their efforts. The “fun class” was full of young children ranging from ages 2-6. They were accompanied by family members to help guide them in the show ring. This was a short show, but it was filled with many cute moments and a picture of the future of 4-H in our area.