Swine strut at Labor Day Trojan Throwdown

FFA hosts Labor Day Trojan Throwdown

Dozens came to the Georgia National Fairgrounds Sunday to see some swine strut their stuff.

It was day two of the 2016 FFA Labor Day Trojan Throwdown.

The competition started at 9 a.m. with the Hog Show. Exhibitors young and old showed off their plump pigs for the judges.

FFA Adviser Kathy Wessner says kids have been training for months hoping to bring home the bacon in the form of a big blue ribbon.

“The judge is looking for what makes a good market hog. How much muscle it has, soundness, length of body,” said Wessner.

Organizers say exhibitors start showing pigs as young as five years old.

17-year-old Allison Oliver says she got into the sport when she was in kindergarten.

“It teaches you about hard work. I get to come here and make a lot of friends,” said Oliver. “Some of the people that you show with become lifelong friends that are huge blessings to you. It teaches you people skills -- you get to talk to different judges and learn a lot about hogs, about livestock, about the whole deal with the hog show.”

The top five hogs and their exhibitors win money and bragging rights for the year.

The grand prize winner gets the blue ribbon and $500.  


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