A 282-pound hog shown by Taylor Scheer, 9, New Haven, rose to the top of the 2018 Washington Town & County Fair Market Hog Show Thursday winning Grand Champion honors.
Scheer, a first time hog show participant, said she will definitely show a hog again in the future.
“The worst parts were cleaning the stalls and scooping poop,” Scheer said. “The best part was feeding them marshmallows and watermelon.”
Scheer is a member of Washington Eager Beavers 4-H Club and other members of her family have shown hogs at the Fair in the past.
She said the family purchased the hog in February when it weighed about 95 pounds. On Thursday, it first won its weight class of hogs 282 to 283 pounds and then went on to run the table.
Taylor will be starting fourth grade in a few weeks.
The reserve grand champion market hog was shown by Evie Bryson, 11, Labadie. Her 270-pound hog first won the Class 5 weight class before taking the second-place overall honors.
Evie is a member of the Washington Eager Beavers 4-H Club.
Grace Bryson took home the grand champion hog prize last year.
In all, 188 hogs were shown at the Fair this year ranging in weight from 250 to 311 pounds. There were 172 hogs in 16 separate market classes and another 16 hogs in two open classes.
In 2017, 161 market hogs were featured in 14 classes.
Other first-place market hog individual class winners included: Meghan Siebert, Krakow 4-H; Dylan See, New Haven 4-H; Kiera Pelster, Go Hog Wild 4-H; Cole Reed, Go Hog Wild 4-H; Pyper Kiser, Washington Eager Beavers 4-H; Olivia Reed, Go Hog Wild 4-H; Meaghan Millerick, Fireball 4-H; Nicole Brinker, Go Hog Wild 4-H; Hunter Kleekamp, Country Kids 4-H; Andrew Flagg, Jeffriesburg 4-H; Kamdyn Heather, New Haven 4-H; Troy Simons, Country Kids 4-H; Blake Jasper, Go Hog Wild 4-H; and Jenna Loepker, Go Hog Wild 4-H.
In the open market class, 16 hogs ranging in weight from 260 to 311 pounds were shown by about 20 participants.
Of the 16 hogs, the 311-pound porker shown by Olivia Diederich, Rowen Bruckerhoff and Reagan Derby took the grand champion title.
Compared to the grand champion, a svelt 292-pound hog shown by Barrett Short took the grand reserve title.
Logan Heather, New Haven, 4-H, took first place in the open Class 1 with one of the smaller hogs in competition, a 240 pounder.
In addition to winning grand reserve champion, Evie Bryson also took home a belt buckle trophy for showmanship in the junior division.
Another Grayson, Grace, took top honors in the Intermediate division and Meghan Siebert was the Senior division showmanship winner.
For the first time in a few years, there was a new livestock judge at the Fair.
Phillip Martin, a teacher and FFA adviser at Meadville High School, judged all of the livestock competitions this year.
At the outset of the market hog show, Martin said he was honored to be selected to judge at a fair of this caliber.
“I’m happy to be a part of a Fair with this reputation,” Martin said. “I am impressed with the level of quality, participation and volunteerism.”