Fair's 'catch-a-pigs' sold on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:34
Dalton Limes stands with his grand champion hog, ‘Hammy’ at the Catch-a-pig sale. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
They grow big so fast. While many parents have uttered that phrase about their children, on Saturday that sentiment was expressed about the hogs being sold at the 2013 Catch-a-pig sale held at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
Dalton Limes and Madison Milligan were judged to have the top two hogs at this year's annual event featuring the small pigs caught during the Wood County Fair in August.
Dalton raised "Hammy" to be the grand champion; while Madison showed the reserve champion, "Twizzler." "Carly" was the heaviest hog in the show tipping the scales at 365 pounds.
Carly was fed by Ross Welling, in earning the title of rate of gain winner.
Eastwood FFA members Lane Kemner and Garrett Tuck served as the judges for the event.
This was Dalton's first year to enter and catch a pig at the fair. He lives in rural Bowling Green.
He said of his championship, "I was very surprised."
Madison Milligan with her hog, ‘Twizzler,’ earned reserve champion honors at the annual Catch-a-pig sale.
Ross Welling won rate-of-gain honors for ‘Carly.’
He received $225 in premium at the sale as his hog was purchased by Don and Lynette Kemner and Tuck Show Lambs. The champion weighed 282 pounds.
The Otsego student who celebrated his 14th birthday on Sunday. said he didn't do anything special to catch the pig at the fair noting, "I just jumped on him."
After catching him, Dalton said, his pig was housed with one of his cousins' pigs.
His secret to raising a grand champion was "to let him be a pig."
Twizzler, which weighed 262 pounds, was the second pig caught by Madison. She earned $120 from Belleville Brothers, who purchased her pig at the sale.
The 8-year-old from Risingsun is a student at Lakota Elementary.
As to her success, she said, "I fed it well and hanged out with him."
Carly earned Ross $100 from Luckey Farmers as the heavyweight in the field of nearly 100 hogs.
As the rate of gain winner, he also received a bucket with 30 $1 bills spilling out of it from Wood County Farm Equipment, sponsors of the award.
Interestingly, the hog had an interesting route to the sale. Early on, the pig lost a tooth. Ross said she needed special water and also was "very lonely" as she had to be separated from another pig who had ear problems and had to be raised in isolation.
As for his secret to getting such a large hog, the 9-year-old Luckey Elementary student from Pemberville, said he just fed her standard pig feed.

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