Scrambling for slippery swine PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 16 August 2013 09:08
Brooke Lowry, 6, of Woodville chases after a pig during the annual swine scramble August 15, 2013 at the Pemberville Free Fair in Pemberville, Ohio. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
They say it's for the kids, but Thursday's Swine Scramble at the Pemberville Free Fair probably entertained the crowd every bit as much as those who competed.
The event asked those children who didn't mind the mess to use greased-up arms and hands to try any strategy to wrangle their prize. Winners care for their animals at home, but only until they're sold in December.
It was all fun, aside from a few bruised elbows, knees, and maybe an ego or two. There were 93 pigs for 101 kids, so a few were destined to go home empty handed.
The announcer advised the many first-timers to grab one and simply hold on tight until help arrived to corral the animal.
Brothers Trey and Kain Brossia, 9 and 12, both of Bowling Green, had it all figured out. They each took home a pig last year, and their approach remained the same: take a dive and hang on tight with a bear hug. 
The brothers' strategy was quickly thrown to the wind as packs of children charged toward herds of piglets, determined to leave their competition in the mud.
Trey and Kain both caught up quickly during separate scrambles, though their plan to focus on one animal was derailed by pigs and kids alike sprinting around the pen in chaos.
Like a small safety attempting a tackle on a fullback, Trey got his hands on a pig's hips and held tight until an adult could provide the assist.
Connor Norton, 6, of Luckey chases after a pig during the annual swine scramble August 15, 2013 at the Pemberville Free Fair in Pemberville, Ohio.
Kain also captured one quickly, promising to name him Joe Dirt after a favorite movie character.
The boys' cousin, Justin Sergent, 10, of BG, hadn't tried before but had success as well, but not immediately. After many lunges came up empty, he caught up to a tuckered-out swine when his own endurance was likely running low. Out of breath with grease in his hair, he left the arena beaming with pride and clutching a now-stained envelope with his sponsorship information.
Some scramblers weren't happy with the grease, taking the prompt of "Go!" as permission to wipe their hands clean as they darted toward a pack of pigs.
Those kids gave a head start to their parents, who were all on the same team, swapping paper towels, wet wipes and old rags and beach towels to contain the crud and minimize the mess. There were mixed results, and a few were likely surprised to learn later they'd brushed up against a fence or trash can that had been the target of greasy paws.
For the kids, the grime was hardly a distraction from the new pets they'd just acquired.
Brooke Lowry, 6, of Woodville, wasn't shy about showing off how dirty she'd gotten. A friend, Addison Forsythe, 6, also of Woodville, was excited to have achieved her goal and expressed eagerness to go again.
"I could do this like all day," she exclaimed.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 09:52

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