With an oink, oink here: Youths high on the hog at Moffat County Fair’s swine show
CRAIG — Though 2018 is only his second year of showing swine at the Moffat County Fair, Koy Weber is already becoming something of an expert on all things porcine.
That might seem surprising to some; two years isn’t much time. But from a different perspective — the perspective of a 9-year-old boy — two years represents nearly a quarter of his life.
“You have to work your pigs every day, but you can’t work them in the middle of the day, or they’ll get overheated,” Koy explained after claiming Grand Champion honors in the junior division at the Moffat County Fair swine show on Friday. “You just have to work them when it’s really cool.”
A friendly, talkative boy, Koy was in the middle of educating a reporter on the finer points of attaining — and maintaining — the appropriate show weight for swine when he suddenly had to run. His name had just been called, and he was due back in the arena for his second competition of the day — market swine — a category from which he also emerged as Grand Champion.
Koy was one among dozens of other area youth who had brought their swine out Friday to showcase the rewards of their dedication and hard work. The youngsters competed in three divisions — Senior, Intermediate, and Junior — with judging by Bill Disberger, of Manhattan, Kansas.
Just behind Koy, first-time competitor Zachary Winters, also 9, claimed Reserve Grand Champion honors in the junior showmanship division, and like Koy, Zachary was in no way deterred by inexperience, claiming the title of Reserve Grand Champion in the subsequent market swine junior division.
Other winners included Grace Baker, Grand Champion in intermediate showmanship, followed by Trinity Boulger with Reserve Grand Champion honors. Among the oldest competitors, Jared Baker was Grand Champion in senior showmanship, edging out Reserve Grand Champion Dustin McLaughlin.
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