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Catch-a-Pig contest offers muddy fun for Moffat County youth

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Running around Moffat County Fairgrounds, chasing greased pigs and falling in the mud is sure to offer a great time for Craig kids looking to participate in this year’s Catch-a-Pig contest at the fair.

Three age groups of children will have their shot at catching a pig at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 — and those lucky enough to pin down one of the squealing swine will get to keep it.

"What makes it fun is I like to see the littler kids come out and chase the pigs. I think that's the highlight," said Karl Huntsman, who heads up the messy event. "The little ones are going to have a run for their money. They think they got it, and the pig goes running the other direction and they get a mouth full of dirt."

Those who want to participate in the event will have to pay a $5 gate fee, a minimal amount considering those who actually pin down a pig get to take it home, Huntsman noted.

"This year, we're going to run it with the Bronc batch. We're going to put it in the intermission spot. Everybody will be charged a gate fee," he said.

Huntsman and helpers slather the pigs in vegetable oil, making them nearly impossible to catch. But, when there's a will, there's a way, and children always nail down a few pigs throughout the event.

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The big event is broken into three segments, featuring different age groups. Ages 5 to 7 enter the arena first with their backs turned to the pigs that Huntsman releases into the grounds. On Huntsman's signal, the children turn around and proceed to "Catch-A-Pig."

After the little ones roll around in the mug, catching pigs, 8- to 11-year-olds take the field, followed by the 12- to 15-year-olds. The younger kids catch baby pigs and the older participants catch full-grown animals.

"That is the way we will do it this year," Huntsman said.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or

If you go

When: 6 p.m., Aug. 7

Age Groups: 5 to 7 years old

8 to 11 years old

12 to 15 years old

Entry Fee: $5

Registration begins at 5 p.m.