The temperature went down a little bit, but that didn’t stop Johnson County FFA and 4-H students from showing their best animals at the swine show on Wednesday during the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair.
Mikala Grady of Grandview 4-H won grand champion, with Brendan Gross of Grandview FFA winning reserve champion.
This is Grady’s third consecutive year to win the swine show, with hopes of winning more shows coming in the next few weeks all over the United States.
“It’s awesome getting to win on your own turf,” she said. “I have a whole slew of people that help me. It’s not a single-person game really. There’s a lot that goes into it.
“There’s a lot of people helping make it happen. I do put the work in. I’m out there every day. It does take a crew to win.”
Gross, 8, said this was his first time showing swine, but he’s been around pigs since he was 3 years old.
“I’m really excited,” he said about winning reserve. “I just like having fun and meeting new people.”
Judge Joe Lacomp said he always enjoys judging young exhibitors and giving them advice.
“I’ve certainly enjoyed it,” he said. “I would say if you’re not out here, keep your head up and prove me wrong. I’ll take it very graciously. ... We’re lucky to live in a country that allows us to do this type of thing, and I’m very grateful for that.”
When it came down to the last two pigs, he said Grady’s pig was more massive looking compared to Gross’ pig.
In showmanship, exhibtors were judged in three categories: senior, intermediate and junior.
In senior showmanship, Hayven Newcomb of Grandview FFA win grand champion, with Callie Welty of Friendship 4-H winning reserve.
In intermediate showmanship, Trent Doty of Grandview FFA won grand champion, with Logan Meyer of Friendship 4-H winning reserve champion.
In junior showmanship Weston Montgomery of Friendship 4-H won grand champion, with Brendan Gross of Grandview FFA winning reserve champion.
The 83rd Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair runs through Friday
Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
Exhibitors retain possession of their entries after the sale so they can campaign in other shows across Texas over the next few months.
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