Welcome to the Real County Fair

Me, a mostly average teenager who lives in the suburbs, goes to public school, and enjoys most things any other person would, raising a pig to take to the county fair. I spend the whole year taking care of one 231 pound animal just to sell it for a 2,000 dollar check at the end. That might be what your thinking, and maybe in a nut shell it is. But here I am, experiencing the real thing, doing what normal teenagers wouldn’t do, and in some weird way I find very entertaining.

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should go to the County Fair

  1. The best deep fried foods you will ever eat
  2. Cute livestock animals to pet and adore
  3. Carnies…
  4. Spiny rides that are so much fun until you get off and blow chunks
  5. White girls who think their the coolest people in the universe and only go to the fair for a artsy insta picture with their best buddies
  6. finally, It’s a place you can go to have a great time to spend time with friends and family!

7:00am wake up call. I pack up my bag, and prepare for a 30 minute car ride to Ella’s house (where I keep my pig). As soon as I get there I race to the tack room to construct my pigs crazy meal so it could make weight. As my pig then consumes her food by piling it into her mouth, I clean the pin. By then it is about 7:45 and I try to cram in another hour of sleep before I have to get up, eat breakfast, do chores, and feed my pig again at 12:00.

3 Facts I Bet You Didn’t Know About Pigs

  1. Pigs are very intelligent animals. According to the Humane Society, pigs are smarter than 3-year-old children. Domesticated pigs can be trained to do tricks and even use a litter box like a cat.
  2. Pigs are very useful to the medical industry. Pig hearts are used as replacements for human hearts. Also, insulin and around 40 other medicines are made from pigs, according to Oklahoma State University.
  3. Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell. The large round disk of cartilage at the tip of the snout is connected to muscle that gives it extra flexibility and strength for rooting in the ground.

Here it is, the day that everyone has prepared for, the day when we all wake up at 5:00 in the morning to drive 45 minutes to the fair grounds and wait in line for our pigs to be checked off, and put in their pins. If you didn’t guess, that is the day the fair starts, aka the best time of the year. All the kids spend the whole day with their pigs, and when we get tired we walk to the camp site and play games until 12:00pm. There is never a dull moment.

An average day at the swine barn

  1. *Ring ring* Theres the alarm! 6:45am. We hop out of bed and and race to the trailer to grab the plastic bags full of food we packed prior to the fair.
  2. We start up the four wheeler and drive to the barn full of screaming pigs that are so hungry, they could drop dead any second.
  3. Ella and I start adding the beer and water to the food, so the pigs will actually eat and enjoy the feed.
  4. *Lady on the intercom* “Okay everybody its 7:00 feed your hogs!” Running and tripping children pile in through the huge garage doors and place the feeding pans in the pin before your pig topples you over.
  5. 10 minutes later, when the pigs are actually done and full of food we have to walk them around the barn so they can get exercise while a friend cleans out the pigs pin and puts fresh shavings in.
  6. At 8:00 we pull the food pans, and check what time we have to show. Meaning when I go out into a ring with about 10 other kids and there pigs, and a judge picks the best hog for the class.
  7. When my friends and I are all done we would ride the rides until we were sick. And then would get a treat before dinner (this is our little secret) and walk back to the RV.
  8. At the end of the day we eat with friends and family, and then at 5:00pm we feed our pigs again.
  9. After feeding the pigs one last time, our camping buddies and I would play games, and at the end we would all doze off into sleep around 11:00pm and our parents would have to carry us to bed.
  10. Repeat the next day…