Rows of pig pens line the Swine Barn at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, with dozens of swine trying to catch some winks in the afternoon swelter.
Fairgoers have walked up and down the aisles all morning, some reaching out a hand to stroke the large pink belly of a pig or to oink along with the swine. It’s not unusual to see a pig race down the aisles every now and then, scaring fairgoers to jump over the fencing of a pen.
“Some of the pigs in the pen, they’ll stand up. They’ll jump up real quick and they’re nervous ‘cause somebody’s in their pen,” 13-year-old Brevin Miller said.
Miller is one of the many swine caretakers at this year’s fair, and he has two he calls Spot and Blue. He’s been taking care of them since March, preparing them for 4-H swine judging competition on Wednesday, July 23.
“(The judges) are making sure the pigs are not too tall or too small,” Miller said. “They want a really nice pig that’s really rectangular.”
“Now that we made it to the fair after all this time, it’s worth it to know that we got them here.”
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