Kids go hog wild at 100th Moffat County Fair Catch-A-Pig Contest |

Kids go hog wild at 100th Moffat County Fair Catch-A-Pig Contest

CRAIG — Squeals of excitement filled the arena at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Thursday during the intermission of the Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days rodeo, as more than 100 children age 5 to 14 raced into the area to catch a pig.

Or try to.

The 50 pigs — some just weened and others slightly older, larger and harder to catch — were paid for by the Fair Board. All the animals were locally raised by the Murr family of Moffat County.

Synder & Counts Feed & Seed donated a bag of grain — pig food — to each of the kids that caught a pig and the gunny sacks used to carry the pigs home.

State Farm Insurance Agent Justin Stokes covered the cost of rodeo admission for the first 100 children through the gate.

“I’m from a small town in Idaho. I like to get out and support the community and meet new people and let the families have a good, fun time,” he said of having sponsored the event the past three years.

Children who had caught pigs before knew to dive for the back feet, grab a firm hold, and lift the pig in a wheelbarrow fashion. Once a successful capture had been achieved, each child had to hold on until his or her pig was placed into a gunny sack to be taken home.

“It takes a lot of volunteers to make the event happen,” said Moffat County Fair Board member Mardi Anson.

Some of the pigs stay on area ranches and farms, but many will be fattened up to help feed families.

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