Fair exhibitor: Event is all about braidsAug 2, 2012 By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer
MaKayla McPherson, 10, was up to date on the latest fair hair fashion.
"It is all about braids," McPherson said. "The more unusual braid your hair is in, the cuter it is."
Ranging from a fishtail braid, French braid, side braid or a waterfall braid, the trend was in full swing for some of the girls at the youth market swine show where McPherson was showing her pig Rosebud.
She said for most girls showing pigs at the fair, the goal is to have your hair as smooth as possible and out of your face so it doesn't get in the way while showing the animals.
Madyson Jones, 12, won second place in the medium weight youth market swine show Wednesday.
Jones said she was nervous about showing the judges what she had worked on getting her pig Violet to do.
"It is fun to show pigs," Jones said. "I have been training mine to walk around in the barn to make her used to me."
Jones and McPherson said they enjoy coming to the fair because they don't get to see each other more than once a year.
"We always look forward to meeting up every year," McPherson said. "Some friends I only get to see at fair."
McPherson's pig weighed in at 235 pounds for the lightweight hogs division.
She said nerves are definitely a factor when she shows her pig to the judges, but she said it gets easier each year she enters.
"This is my third year to show a pig at the fair, and my first year I was really
nervous because I didn't know what to expect," McPherson said. "You want to be nice and slow and show the judges that even though your pig might be acting up, you can try to corral it and get back in the show."
McPherson said the hardest thing about taking care of pigs is feeding them on time and keeping them cool.
"You have to work really hard to make sure a pig feels nice and cool," McPherson said. "Unfortunately it is really hard in this type of heat because the pigs never really feel cool."
Nancy Jones's handmade scarf won first place in the commercial fiber division Wednesday at the Fremont Center.
Jones said the scarf made out of Orenburg lace, and the strawberry pattern was knit on both sides.
"This pattern originated in Russia and really displays the workmanship," Jones said. "This type of pattern is supposed to be so tightly knit that your fingers are unable to fit through the stitches."
Jones took two and half months to complete her scarf, which was made of merino and silk.
"It was just really neat to create, and I had a lot of fun with it," Jones said.