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Visitors to Washington County Ag Expo and Fair watch swine competition

July 22, 2013
  • While dozens of children assembled Monday to showcase their swine at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair, even more people gathered to watch the competition.
By Karen Mawdsley

While dozens of children assembled Monday to showcase their swine at the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair, even more people gathered to watch the competition — but not all for the same reason.


Steve Strite, 64, of Hagerstown came for his grandchildren, Grace and Jacob Strite, who were showing hogs. He said he thought the proceedings went well, especially given that it was his grandchildren’s first year showing.

“When I was a kid, I showed hogs,” he said.

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Dean Boggs and Michelle Trumpower from MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s office on Maryland Avenue in Hagerstown came to watch the people that their company supports.

 “We work for farm credit, so we support the folks financially,” Boggs said. “We’ve built a lot of relationships in the farm community.”

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Some 4-H/FFA members came to watch their peers showcase their animals. Tatian Smith, 16, of Williamsport was one of them. She laughed with a swine shower.

“My friend’s showing (swine),” she said. “I have dairy cows and a beef heifer.”

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Krystle Stoy of Boonsboro was there to compete. She showed her one 256-pound pig, winning first in her class in senior showmanship and third in her class in the medium weight division.

“(Pigs) are not really my thing. I just do it for some extra money,” said the 16-year-old, who also has beef steer, lambs and turkey.

She said her favorite is the steer show.

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Myersville resident Patti Slimmer, 43, came to support her daughters, Skyler and Kiley Slimmer, who were showing swine.

Skyler won the Class 1 round of junior showmanship and the Class 3 round in the light weight market swine division, winning the reserve champion light weight.

Patti’s elder daughter, Kiley, placed second in her class for both senior showmanship and light weight market swine.

Skyler and Kiley get up at 4:30 a.m. each day to care for their animals, their mother said, noting that it teaches responsibility.

“I like the showmanship,” Patti Slimmer said. “It just shows what the kids have done all year, the hard work and dedication.... It’s a great program.”

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— Karen Mawdsley

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