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51st annual Swine Show

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Linda Ann McDonald

By LINDA ANN
McDONALD
News Correspondent

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Saturday, March 11 marked the 51st Annual Wakulla County Swine Show with a record breaking 68 hogs on the show roster. The event took place at the Wakulla County Livestock Pavilion.
Participants included Wakulla County residents as well as others who traveled from north Georgia to compete in the Swine Showing Contest.
“We are glad to have our visitors from Georgia. It gives us more competition and keeps our Swine Show going,” said Andrew Haubrick, a member of the Show Organization Committee.
Activities include a Swine Showing Contest, Barbeque Cooking Contest and a Pig Scramble.
In the pig scramble, kids had to dip their hands in cooking oil and catch a piglet and place it in a croaker sack.
These activities do not harm the children or the animal.
“Pig scrambles have been going on since I was a kid, here at the Wakulla County Swine Show. It was the funniest part of the event,” said Doug Raker, of Raker’s Farm.
Two teams competed for the BBQ trophy. Leon County Sheriff’s Office team, called Smokin’ Secrets, and One Chance Show Pigs, competed against each other.  
Smokin’ Secrets took the honors as Sheriff Jared Miller presented their trophy.
The Wakulla Swine Show has become a family tradition for the Mathers family of Wakulla County. Four generations of the Wakulla County pioneer family have been active in this agricultural tradition beginning with Frank Mathers.
 “He (Frank) won prizes in the swine show way back when. Debbie Mathers Thurmond won Reserve Champion in 1968,” said Connie Mathers, wife of Frank Mathers. Granchildren Andrew Haubrick and Jenny Mathers have both participated in the past. This year, great grandchildren Anarosa Callejas and Carlos Mendoza are both showing hogs.
“Frank was born on the farm and has never left,” Connie Mathers said. “In 1967, farming was pretty big and we want to keep on farming. We are proud to be a part of this event every year.”
Swine Show Organizer P.J. Duncan said: “Thanks to a grant the County received, the Livestock Pavilion will be having a facelift. We are hoping to have a state of the art facility with a new sound system.”  
Wakulla County Youth Fair Association participants included:  Bobby Myhre, Kolbie Jones, Kaila Padgett, Hunter English, Heidi English, Holly English, Haleigh Bembry, Anarosa Callejas, and Carlos Mendoza.
Winners of the 2017 Swine Show event went to Grand Champion Jake Barber, and Reserve Champion Shelby O’Steen.  
Kolbie Jones took home the Spirit Award, Hunter English won Herdsman Award and Kaila Padgett proudly accepted the Excellence Award.  
Other winners included Showmanship: Ages  16-21 April Bryan, 13-15 Kaitlyn Bryan, 11-12 Blake Tyre,9-10 Ethan Ausley, 5-8 Jake Barber.
Junior Individual was Bobby Myhre, Intermediate Individual was Anna Green, followed by Kaila Padgett as Senior Individual.  
Class 1 went to Brooke Smith, Class 2 to Parker Ausley, Class 3 to Jake Barber, Class 4 to Olivia Griner, Class 5 to Shelby O’Steen and Class 6 went to Brooke Smith.
Junior Team Wakulla winners were:  Bobby Myhre, Kolbie Jones and Anna Green.
Intermediate Team went to Gadsden County:  Chris Arelliano, Cardina Harrell and TJ Rabon.
Wakulla’s Kaila Padgett, Haleigh Bembry and Heidi English won Senior Team.
Judge Ed Sapp of Madison County said of the event: “People call me a hard judge. But it is a hard job when there are such great hogs.”