By Whitney Vickers
XENIA – The Greene County Fairgrounds went hog wild Wednesday as children as young as 4 years old stepped into the ring to show off their swine showmanship skills.
“I was looking for the basics to teach these kids to know in the future because these guys are just getting into it,” Judge Logan Sharrett said. “Know to watch the judge, and little things to to to get them further into their show career and possibly win their classes and do very well.”
Participants in the PeeWee Swine Showmanship event were divided into five classes. Monit Vest took the gold in class one; other participants in that class included Makenzie Ankeney, Cory Stone, Blake Faris and Brody Day.
Alana Morgan took the prize in class two; other participants included Joslyn Guyston, Kami Applegate, Carson Bone and Clayton Smith.
Mason Frauenknecht won class three; he showed swine alongside Allie Ankeney, Owen McDonald, Bryce Atley and Sammie Poske.
Landen Terrill took the gold in class four; showing with Teeghan Nared, Casen Hawkins, Jake Magone and Elaina Moore.
Taryen Capalino took the prize in class five; participating with Blake Burnett, Erisman Braylen, Jett Strickle and Blake Atley.
“[I judged] on how the kids handled the hogs and how they presented them,” Sharrett said. “Eye contact … and being on the other side of the hog from the judge. You want to give them the clearest view of the hog you can so the judge can determine if there’s anything wrong with your hog or what the hog needs to improve on.”
Sharrett grew up on a hog farm and now manages the family tradition alongside his brother. He started showing swine when he was 9 years old and ended his showmanship career nine years later.
“They did very well,” Sharrett said of the participants. “Stay positive and what I said today doesn’t mean they are a bad showman, it’s just a stepping stone in knowing what they need to do to improve.”