Kremmling teen wins hog competition at Colorado State Fair
August 29, 2008
Bailey Palmer’s college savings are growing like a market hog as she brings home another first place and winnings from the Colorado State Fair.
“It was really tough because anyone from Colorado can come,” said the daughter of Wes and Lisa of Kremmling. “It’s a huge deal and everyone has good pigs.”
Palmer, 13, won first place in the New Hampshire Pig Show and second in the Cross-Breed Pig Show on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
“I’m really proud of myself overall,” said Palmer, who has competed in the state competition for five years. “I was really glad I won my class because that has been my goal since I started.”
Participants only could sell one animal, and it had to place first or second in the class they competed in. So, Palmer sold Squeaks, the pig she showed in the New Hampshire Pig Show, instead of Slick. The choice earned her $4,000.
“I was really surprised because last year I only got $1,200,” Palmer said. “I always go in open-minded.”
Palmer recently participated in the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo and was the 4-H Junior Livestock Market Steer Grand Champion, Beef Intermediate Showmanship Champion, Market Swine Grand Champion and Intermediate Showmanship Champion.
At the Middle Park Fair her steer sold for $5,000, or $4.25 a pound; and she received $2,500, or $9 per pound, for her pig.
Palmer stayed at the State Fair in Pueblo for about a week. Her mother stayed with her for a week at the fair and her dad watched her show the pigs.
She said she was the only Grand County participant but made three good friends at the fair.
“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “It was hot and everything. There’s so much to do there. It’s just a blast.”
She said there were about 350 pigs at the show, but she competed against 20 participants in each of the categories she entered.
Besides funding for college, she uses the money to “break even” on the amount it costs to raise the animals and transport them.
Palmer said it’s a lot of work to take care of the animals and prepare them for the show. It’s hard not to get attached to them, she said.
“I just kind of have to learn to deal with it,” she said. “You just have to work with them and try to make them the best looking animals.”
She will receive her next set of animals within the next two months.
“I’m very excited,” Palmer said. “They’re small and they don’t make such a mess.”
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