LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The animal competitions continue at the Tippecanoe County Fair.On Wednesday, it was the hogs' turn.
Some hog champions will go on to the Indiana State Fair andothers will show up on the dinner table.
No matter where they head from here, 4-H participants can beproud that their animals were shown at one of the largest and mostcompetitive fairs in the state of Indiana.
"This is a very large show," said swine judge Kent Bennington."Many of them around the state that do 2- to 300. There are a fewthat are over 500 a head. So this would be on of the largerones."
All 4-H hog show competitors hoped the judge will see the propercharacteristics in their animals. These include good muscle, a flatbase on top of the animal, and a long body structure.
Matthew Snider said that his first place was awarded because thejudges saw the muscle and other positive characteristics of hisanimal.
Bennington said the quality of the swine show has grown as thenumber of competitors increased.
"It makes it very hard, but bottom line is that you can'tevaluate in terms of kids. It's about the hogs. And that's what weare selected to do, is come in here and give our opinion of thequality of hogs and to rank them as we see it, and how we likethem," said Bennington.
13-year-old Courtney Gulick has been showing hogs since she wasseven.
"It can be very competitive. Our breed, it's not as competitive,it's really fun. But sometimes it can get really serious," saidCourtney Gulick.
Courtney Gulick said she plans on taking some of her hogs to thestate fair, where she wants to bring home the bacon: more purplegrand champion ribbons.
"It takes a lot of time and effort and money to do it. And welove taking care of pigs," said Courtney Gulick.
There is still time for people at home to come out and see someof the 4-H participants compete.
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