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Pa. Pig Club holds end-of-summer roundup

August 29, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County 4-H Pig Club held its annual roundup Aug. 15.

Bob Mikesell served as judge. The competition included 70 hogs.

In the senior division fitting and showing event, the grand champion was Nicholas Wingert followed by reserve champion Lora Wenger.

In the junior division, Claudia Hissong was grand champion and Edson Yeager was reserve champion.

In the conformation classes, Samuel Wingert was named grand champion with his 270-pound market hog named "Andrew." His older brother, Nicholas Wingert, won the reserve champion award with his 256-pound market hog named "Wise Guy."

In the pairs competition, John Sollenberger won grand champion market hog pairs. Claudia Hissong had reserve champion market hog pairs.

The culminating event of the year was the annual sale. Many area businesses support the local youth by purchasing the animals.

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The champion hog was purchased by F&M Trust and Daniel Brechbill Trucking. The reserve champion hog was bought by Eugene and Mary Hawbaker. The champion pair was bought by Meyers Construction and Service Tire. Cargill Animal Nutrition, represented by Jere Hissong, bought the reserve champion pair.

Before the sale, awards were presented. The club handed out two scholarships to past and present members Ben Cashell and Nicholas Wingert. They both are attending college at Penn State University and were both active in 4-H over their careers.

Also presented was a thank you award to Jeffrey Craig of Greencastle (Pa.) Livestock Market. Each year since 1988, he has donated his facilities and workers and provides club members and their families lunch on round-up day. In addition, he also supports the youth by purchasing pigs and providing housing and rations for the animals not leaving the auction barn after the evening sale. A big thank you to Craig and all the buyers who support the youth of Franklin County through the 4-H Pig Club.

In addition, a thank you goes to club leaders Betty Wingert, 36 years; Jere Wingert, 26 years; Brandon Heck, three years; and Andrew Dice, three years.

The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 21, at the Franklin County Agricultural Heritage Center. The meeting will be the awards event for members.

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