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Children show off swine at fair

August 1, 2012

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Squeals, laughter and organized chaos: This is the best way to describe the Pee Wee Swine Showmanship contest at the Douglas County Fair.

Piper Flory, 2, of Overbrook, left, directs her hog Downtown Brown around the swine arena during the Pee Wee Showmanship event of the 4-H Swine Show on Wednesday at the Douglas County Fair.

Piper Flory, 2, of Overbrook, left, directs her hog Downtown Brown around the swine arena during the Pee Wee Showmanship event of the 4-H Swine Show on Wednesday at the Douglas County Fair.

Thirteen children, ages 7 and under, turned out Wednesday night to do their best at herding a pig around the show barn.

“They just go in there and chase them around,” said Mike Dreiling, whose daughter Alyson participated with her pig, Spotty.

Alyson, 7, didn’t have the easiest time moving Spotty — at 250 pounds the pig is five times her size — but that’s OK with her because they are friends.

“I like him a lot,” she said.

County 4-H members were on hand to help out the youngsters and make sure nothing got too out of hand.

The show, now in its third year, might be a fun event for the children but, according to Grant Metsker, 4-H swine superintendent, it’s also a good way to get kids involved with livestock early.

“Without peewees we’d have less younger kids showing pigs,” Metsker said.

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