Whether it’s local, county or state-level, everybody loves a good fair! The rides are fun, the food is great and the shows are exciting to watch! Show day for an exhibitor is especially exciting because it is at this point that all you’ve learned, how you’ve managed and how well you control your animal are all tested.
Below are some tips to remember when showing your swine:
Training and Preparation:
- Start working with your pig far enough in advance so that you and your pig can get to know each other and so that the pig will respond to you.
- Keep your pig well groomed. Brush the pig daily, and wash the animal about once a week before the show.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your pig. Know your pig’s characteristics, such as weight, breed, age, etc.
At the Show:
- Make sure you have the necessary equipment with you on the day of the show.
- At the show, keep your pig well watered and rested.
- Wash your pig the day before or the morning of the show. Groom your pig well.
- Your personal appearance is very important. Wear clean and neat clothing in the show ring.
Showing Your Pig:
- Guide the pig as calmly as possible. Keep your pig clear of other animals in the ring.
- Always keep your pig between yourself and the judge.
- Answer the judge’s questions in a confident manner.
- Always exhibit good sportsmanship.
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