GEORGETOWN — Jonathan Smith, 18, has been showing pigs his whole life.
He was a 10-year 4-H member and vice president of the FFA at Georgetown High School. He showed four animals Tuesday morning at the Georgetown Fair Open Swine Show.
“There’s a lot of work." Smith said. "Walking them, washing them and giving them the right food rations.
"It’s waking up every morning and making sure they’re all right,” Smith said.
His mom cheered him on from the stands as Jonathan won first in Class 5, third in Class 6 and reserve champion with his Duroc gilt at the show.
The show began early Tuesday morning at the Georgetown Fairgrounds. Participants of all ages stomped through the pens tending to their animals.
The humidity swelled as Judge Jordan Schippert called out the winners through the classes.
As the participants showed their animals in the pen, they endlessly glanced at Schippert for hints of satisfaction.
Hannah Beck, 17, is showing four pigs — three Berkshires and one crossbred. She talked about training the animals for the fair in so-called “spring training” and feeding them supplements to get their weight up to where she wants it.
Her family runs a farm where they grow corn and soybeans and raise cattle and pigs. She showed 4-H for nine years and spoke about staying close with her family through their farm.
“I like getting to spend time with my family. We work together every night and it's a great family building tool.”
The Georgetown Fair will be run through Saturday at the Georgetown Fairgrounds.