Catch-A-Pig Contest provides squealing, messy fun to Moffat County Fair |

Catch-A-Pig Contest provides squealing, messy fun to Moffat County Fair

Dan Olsen

Catch-A-Pig Contest

Where: Fairgrounds Track

When: 6 p.m., Aug. 8

Age Groups: 5 to 7 yrs old

8 to 11 years old

12 to 15 yrs old

Entry Fee: $5

Registration begins at 5 p.m.

As county fairs across America get underway, one common thread throughout the country is that these events focus on the children, and one of the favorite events if you ask the kids themselves is the Catch-A-Pig contest.

Paying little attention to the muddy arena and the oil on the running porker, the youths hurl themselves into the job of catching a runaway pig.

For 9-year-old Pepper Rhyne, two years of previous experience gives him an advantage.

“You gotta grab them any way you can,” he said. “Just grab a back leg and hang on.”

With three age groups and no limits this year on the number of entries, every kid that wants to claim a pig and the prize will be allowed a chance, according to administrative supervisor Jackie Goodnow at the Moffat County Extension Office.

“We will have several pigs for each age group,” she said, noting the winners get to keep the pig they have captured.

For Pepper, son of Craig locals Greg and Chris Rhyne, the Catch-A-Pig contest has been a worthy effort, with him bringing home the bacon for the past two years.

“The first year we kept it and had two pigs all winter,” his mother Chris said. “Last year we already had pigs at home, so we sold it to other contestants.”

Following in her brother Pepper’s footsteps, 7-year-old Jolene also caught a pig in last year’s contest and is looking forward to this year’s competition.

She has some sound advice for newcomers to the contest.

“You have to get a good grip on ‘em,” Jolene said.

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