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Georgia school opens new barn for show pigs following fire

August 19, 2018

PERRY, Ga. (AP) — Students at a rural Georgia high school have a new home for their show pigs after a fire destroyed their old barn last fall.

Future Farmers of America members at Perry High School cut the ribbon on their new concrete swine barn roughly nine months after a heat lamp set fire to their former facility in November, killing 55 pigs inside.

Students use the barn to raise pigs for showing at competitions. FFA member Bryce Roland told WMAZ-TV that after the fire “all of us here were heartbroken.”

About 200 people turned out for the official opening at the new pig barn Thursday. Roland says volunteers contributed about $100,000 in cash donations and time to help rebuild after the fire.

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