4-H’ers prepare pigs for show

With help from Aubrey Canfield, left, Klaire Olson shaves her pig, Luther, in preparation for Thursday’s showmanship with help from Aubrey Canfield. Both are with the Ramona Paisanos 4-H Club. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

By Karen Brainard

Luther the Yorkshire Cross didn’t seem to mind getting shaved on Wednesday at the Ramona Junior Fair. Maybe it cooled him off in the 95-degree temperatures.

Klaire Olson, 11, with the Ramona Paisanos 4-H Club was keeping busy shaving her pig, Luther, in preparation for swine showmanship on Thursday. She said it takes 30 to 45 minutes to shave the 232-pound pig.

Her pen neighbor, 17-year-old Aubrey Canfield was helping out by spraying Olson’s shaver periodically to cool it off. Canfield had some free time because her pig, 277-pound Chevy, was napping.

Olson said she would be taking Luther for walks and hoping for the best at showmanship

“The key thing is to keep your eye on the judge and keep close to him,” she said.

But, she added, she never knows what to expect with a pig.

“The hard thing about pigs,” said Olson, “is you can work with them every day and they might not do well at showmanship.”

The Market Swine Show will start Thursday at 8 a.m. at the junior fairgrounds, 421 Aqua Lane. Swine

Dylan Curtis of Ramona Paisanos 4-H takes his pig, Double Stuff, for a walk. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Showmanship and Swine Bred & Fed follow, with a break midday for lunch.

For the rest of the Ramona Junior Fair schedule, go to www.ramonajuniorfair.com.

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