Denton’s Caroline Saathoff wins open hog title at Talbot Fair
EASTON — As temperatures soared into the 90s Thursday, July 13, there were some rather warm “piggies” getting a cold shower at the Talbot County Fair.
“Pigs don’t sweat. They don’t have any way to get cool,” said Alex Heinsohn of Cordova as he waited to parade his market hogs in the show ring. “That’s why we hose them down.”
Officials said only 48 of the original 84 entries in the Market Hog Show showed up because of the heat, which was to be expected.
Some of those that did show up won big prizes.
After seven competition heats that involved several age groups and types of hogs, Heinsohn was named the overall 4-H Fitting and Showing Champion for 2017, ultimately showing with his 267-pound market hog named Paul.
He lives in Cordova and will be a senior at Easton High School this year.
Kara Hutchison, also of Cordova, was named overall 2017 4-H Reserve Champion for showing her 232-pound market hog, Aunt Bea.
In the Open Class, there were 11 competition heats.
The overall 2017 Open Class Fitting and Showing Champion was Caroline Saathoff of Denton.
The 2017 Open Class Reserve Champion was Reilly McIntyre, also of Denton.
After their stressful march in the ring, nearly all the market hogs were sound asleep in their pens on Thursday afternoon, even though the show wasn’t over.
Heinsohn said pigs are smart. After their first time in the ring, their attitude changes.
If they go in again, they know what’s coming, he said.
While there seemed to be a few squealing comments made by show swine on Thursday as they got near each other in the ring, the animals were remarkably well-behaved.
Heinsohn said the heat doesn’t necessarily make them cranky, just sluggish.
The judge for the Market Hog Show was Todd Brown of Culpepper, Va. The show’s announcer was Travis Hutchison. Sponsors included the MidShore Veterinary Service; Veterinarians Dr. Melinda Cep and Dr. Robert Moore; Tractor Supply Co.; Johnson Lumber Co., Inc.; Sump & Associates PC; families of the Behrens, the Snows, the Boyles, the Colliers, the Heinsohns, the Hutchisons, the Spies, and the Roes; Maryland Pork Producers Association; Talbot County Livestock Auction Committee; Eastern Shore Holstein Breeders Association; Urban Pup, Grooming & Wash House; Accounting Strategies Group LLC; Bob Davis and support given in memory of Laura Harrison by her grandchildren.
PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK