A hamp pig was among five pigs local youth Andrea Maneotis picked up for Easter this year, and it has proven a prize winner.
"She just loves everything about pigs," her mother Karen Maneotis said.
Andrea, 11, of Craig, has been feeding pigs on her family's ranch since she could walk. A few years after that, she started showing lambs, goats, and pigs in pee wee divisions.
When she was 8 years old, she moved up to the 4-H division.
Now, Andrea is a member of the Colorado Junior Swine Association.
Although she competes at other shows, the Colorado Junior Swine Association is her main competition.
This year, her hamp pig has taken her around the state to eight shows, and even though Andrea started behind, missing the first shows, she has quickly moved up. She is now in 14th place overall in the state.
Out of her eight shows, she has placed in the top 5 six times, including three shows in which she was named Grand Champion. Her prizes have included money and two belt buckles.
Every time her competition takes her out of town, her family follows along to support her.
On Sunday, Andrea was at a competition in Grand Junction.
Judges review not only the looks of the animal, but also showmanship, in which they judge the relationship of the animal and the child. For showmanship, Andrea prefers another pig, "White Magic," a chester pig.
Results were not available as of press time.
Andrea said she is grateful to her friend, Angie Satterwhite, for her help and support in getting this far.
Andrea also will be showing her pig at the Moffat County Fair and the Colorado State Fair later this summer.
Yesenia Robles can be reached at 875-1790.