MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Fair’s littlest showman showed off their swine skills in the ring as proud parents stood on the outside snapping pictures and doling out advice on Saturday.
Laughter and smiles were shared as toddlers waddled along side their pigs trying to impress judge Matthew Nott. Nott had the tough job selecting his favorites, often commenting how many of the children were already pros behind their pigs.
Emma Eichhorn won the 5-year-old division. All decked out in pink plaid and pink cowgirl boots, Eichhorn paraded “Misty” around the ring.
“I showed Misty, well that’s my brother’s pig, and I had a little help from my dad, too. I just walked her around the ring,” she said. “I only showed Dory and Misty. You just have fun in the ring with your pigs.
“I had eye contact and kept her moving and away from the sides,” she said.
Covington’s Gavin Clark walked away as the winner in the 6-year-old division.
He, too, said eye contact with the judge and keep the hog’s “head up” was his showmanship philosophy.
“I just couldn’t believe it when he told me I won,” Clark said. “I didn’t know I was going to win.”
All children were winners thanks to volunteer Patti Gostomsky who donated bags of candy to be passed out with their ribbons.
“My philosophy is sugar them up and send them home — that’s the grandma way,” she said.
Other PeeWee Showmanship winners included Baine Clark (age 3 and under); Carly Hollowell (4-year-old division); Dylan Hollowell (7-year-old division); Malia Quensberry (8-year-old division); Stacy Hines (Adult Ladies division) and Sam Durst (Adult Men’s division). The Showman of Showmen was Stacy Hines.
Reach Melanie Yingst at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews