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Hog wrestling at the fair is a lot of funPosted Monday, July 18, 2011, at 2:52 PM
It's hot and humid outdoors and that signals it's Greene County Fair time.
There's plenty for everybody to do at the fair this year -- especially if you like the livestock shows.
Greene County features a farm fair -- with no amusement rides or the carnival that drains parents and grandparents of too much hard-earned cash.
Thursday night is the annual Hog Wrestling event at 8 p.m. in the main grandstand arena. It is the biggest fan draw of the fair.
The event has been around the local fair for about eight years and I am still hearing an occasional complaint about it.
But I can tell you the bleachers will be packed for one of the best-attended events at the fair.
It's good wholesome, down-home fun and entertainment -- even though some PETA folks and animal rights groups have protested the event in the past.
For the folks from this rural community, hog wrestling is something they look forward to, and no it's nothing like the loud-mouthed, muscle-popping version of professional wrestling that can be viewed every day on cable television.
No one gets hurt or mistreated -- not even the market pigs who get a night to wallow around in a muddy pit of water and muck with a bunch of humans who pay $30 or $40 bucks a team for a chance to participate in this extravaganza.
Since it started in 2002, at least 60 four-person teams have taken their turns each year in the mud pit. Last year, more than 70 teams competed.
T-shirts will be awarded to the first-place teams in each division.
Some have questioned the "humanity" of conducting a yearly hog wrestling event at the county fair.
To that my comment is simple.
That's about as pure and simple as I can put it in terms that folks here in Greene County will understand.
The hog wrestling event that will be staged at 8 p.m. on Thursday night is far from being inhumane, terroristic, psychopathic or cruel to the animals or the human contestants who climb into the pit filled with muddy water to compete in the annual event.
The object of the event is simple.
Four-person teams jump into a small mud and water filled pit.
A pig, ranging in size from about 60 pounds to 200 pounds is released. The object is to grab up the pig and place it -- without slamming it -- into a car tire that is placed on top of a 55-gallon barrel, all within 60 seconds. The fastest team wins.
Officials are close by and anyone who slams one of the pigs on top of the barrel is disqualified.
A wash off with a cool water hose and everybody is back to normal ... even the pigs.
The facts are -- this is an entertainment event that happens to involve small-sized market hogs that will eventually end up on our tables as pork chops, bacon, sausage, ribs, cutlets, tenderloins, burgers, steaks and the like.
That is what market hogs do. They are raised to go to market to be consumed.
Those who are hollering the loudest about being cruel to animals or profiting financially at the expense of animals ... do they feel the same way about horse racing, rodeos, other equestrian events, dog or cat shows?
What's next, will some question the ethics of conducting a 4-H livestock auction at the fair because these poor farm animals will be butchered hours after leaving the auction ring?
See you at the fair.
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be contacted by telephone at 847-4487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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