Thursday, August 20, 2009

Remembering A State Fair Winning!

Excitement is in the air! County fair for 2009 is over and the anticipation of doing well at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair is now what is on everyones mind. The photo above is of Leah (in blue jeans) in 1985 when she had the Champion Overall Barrow at the state fair. John Story of Fairway Foods, purchased the barrow and after the state fair, the pig went on tour to several different grocery stores across the state, and Leah went off to college. Since Leah was in school at U of M at Waseca, MN. she was unable to go on tour with the pig; so good 'ol Mom had to go. I went to several towns, and the closest was Bemidji. Someone else went to the stores in the southern part of the state. The barrow was exhibited at the Fairway Food grocery stores in a big fenced area in front of the stores, and I was there to answer questions that customers might have about the pork industry, or tell how Leah had showed her pig at the county fair, and then at the state fair. It was amazing how may kids and adults had never seen a live pig before. Leah came to Wilmar to meet me one weekend and stayed overnight with me in the motel, and was there for the Saturday exhibit.

We have been getting excited for the Great Minnesota State Fair because Leah and Steve's daughter Amanda will be taking a Duroc gilt to state fair this year. We hope she will do as well and come away with a Grand Champion also. Hubby Steve has sold quite a few good pigs to 4-Her's this year, and there should be a good showing of Nilson Durocs at the state fair.

Good luck Amanda!


g said...

Where'd the time go...Now Amanda's turn at State Fair; seems impossible that the years have slipped away so quickly.
Good luck'll do great.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Very interesting 1985 story! Oh I wish Amanda the best of luck! :)

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

I remember this as if it was yesterday! It is a very exciting time and really an opportunity that not everybody gets - my winning was before they gave away trailers to the top hog! Thanks for posting this memory and best wishes to Amanda (the last of the family pig showpersons - at this time).... it is time for another top hog!