Den­ton’s Caro­line Saathoff wins open hog ti­tle at Tal­bot Fair

Times-Record - - News - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @chrisp_s­tar­dem. Email me at cpolk@star­dem.com.

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

CARO­LINE SAATHOFF

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