“Showing taught me a lot in life:” Fair swine show showcases the best in hogs
For Brea Lovitt of Beatrice, this year’s Gage County Fair was especially meaningful.
Lovitt ended her 11-year run of showing swine at the fair by taking home grand champion honors in market swine at the 4H/FFA Swine Show, Saturday.
“I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had at the Gage County Fair,” Lovitt said. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to get involved with.”
The swine show took place nearly all day at the main barn, starting with pen-of-three judging at the pens at 8:30 a.m, followed by showmanship, the breeding gilt show, pen-of-three judging finals and the market swine show.
In showmanship, Olivia Lentfer of Firth took home grand champion honors and was the belt buckle winner in the senior division.
Lentfer said she was proud to follow in the footsteps of her sister, who won showmanship last year.
“I was really proud of myself to be able to accomplish something that she really wanted me to accomplish,” said Lentfer, who is in her 10th year of showing at the fair.
While Lentfer came out on top, there were obstacles in the way - her hog had woken up sick in the morning, and Lentfer wasn’t sure if she going to be able to show.
“She turned up, got up, she ate some food and we showed her and I was really happy she was able to turn out for this year,” she said.
Cooper Lovitt won reserve champion honors in the market swine show, with August Gerlach and Abby Hoffman taking home grand champion and reserve champion honors in pen-of-three, respectively.
This year’s judge was Austin Langmeier of Howard, South Dakota.
Market swine grand champion Brea Lovitt said she enjoys the family-friendly atmosphere at the fair every year, and will miss the relationships she built along the way.
“Showing taught me a lot in life,” she said. “So I’m really grateful I’ve had that opportunity.”