Aaron Briscoe, Cairo, had the Chester White champion gilt and the reserve champion boar in the 4-H division of the Spot, Chester White and Poland swine breed shows, Aug. 15, at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia,
Other winners in the Chester White breed include Tim Johnson, Polo, who had the 4-H champion boar, and Bailey Pope, Plattsburg, who had the 4-H reserve champion gilt.
Kyle Croy, Gallatin, had the Poland 4-H champion boar and gilt and reserve champion boar and gilt.
In the Spot breed, Amanda Dyke, Moberly, had the 4-H champion gilt with Ashley Woodworth, Chillicothe, reserve. Jonathan Oram, Gilman City, had the 4-H champion boar, and Jessica Mather, Sheldon, had the reserve.
Briscoe, 14, said it takes a lot of work, time and dedication to raise a good hog. When he bought his winning gilt earlier this year, he didn't know how she would turn out. "It is just a gamble when you buy something that young," he said.
Briscoe, a member of the Neighborly Community 4-H Club, spends six to eight hours a day working with his pigs. He started showing six years ago. Another veteran in the ring, Johnson has been showing for five years. He said the key is to keep the pig away from the fence and in front of the judge. Each summer starting in July, Johnson competes in one to two fairs a week. He wasn't surprised when his boar won the 4-H division because it had done well at the Platte and Ray County fairs.
The competition is a big motivation. "I like the winning and getting the money," said Johnson, a member of the Strivers 4-H Club.
Anyone with questions about the 4-H contests can call Ben Gallup, state 4-H youth specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia, 573-882-3835. For fair results, contact the Missouri State Fair office at 660-530-5600 or access www.mostatefair.com