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February 6, 2012

Winter Classic Pig Show off to good start

DUNCAN — There was a buzz circulating through the Stephens County Fair & Expo Livestock Pavilion over the weekend, when youth from across the state showed off their swine at the inaugural Marlow Winter Classic Pig Show.

Going into Saturday’s finale session, turnout for the Oklahoma Club Pig Association event, which was sponsored by the Marlow Ag Boosters Club, was looking to be a little more than anticipated.

Marlow Ag Booster Greg McClure said OCPA shows tend to bring students from around the stateto compete. Plus, the show in Duncan was the next-to-last OCPA event for the season.

“It’s outstanding, it helps gets the pigs ready for future shows and the OCPA brings in kids chasing the (seasonal competitive) points,” McClure said.

“As we thought about trying to do a fundraiser, we thought about being able to do it to raise money and give back to the kids.”

Approximately 625 pigs were shown during the two-day event, which had McClure feeling blessed by the turnout and hoping to grow the show in the future.

“Our goal is to make the event better over time by adding more money and prizes over the next couple of years,” McClure said.

Senior Sydney McNabb and junior Casey Black from Chickasha High School said they enjoyed the opportunity to work on their showmanship, as the Winter Classic falls towards the end of the showing season.

They also appreciated the chance to catch up with friends they’ve met at other OCPA shows.

“Everyone gets to show off their pigs and hang out with the friends they meet at other OCPA shows,” Black said. Central High sophomore Deekota Williams showed Hampshires Friday night and then came back on Saturday morning for another Hampshire performance and the Duroc show.

He thought the Marlow Winter Classic was off to a good start for its first year and enjoyed a chance to start prepping his crew for the upcoming district, local, county and state shows.

“It’s good to get them out and see what they can do,” Williams said. “Being able to show them again and take them out for the competition and to see how they perform helps.”

Specifically, Williams noted he was looking at his animals’ weights and seeing how they look in the competition, to see if there was work to do in some areas before the season-ending shows arrive.

Derek Hallum traveled to the Fair & Expo Center with his daughter, Beth, from Lone Grove, enjoying a chance to do something together rather than just lying around the house.

“We enjoy spending time together, and if we were just at home, we would probably not be spending time together,” Derek said.

Derek believed the event was good, adding that the Fair & Expo Center was one of the nicest facilities in which they get to compete.

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