Showing Pigs A Family Affair For Three Fayetteville Sisters

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -  Hogs took center stage in livestock competitions during the second day of the 157th Washington County Fair.

Competitors showed off their market pigs at the fair on Wednesday (Aug. 27). The hog show was held on the fairgrounds inside the Livestock Arena.

The Mabry sisters, Chloe, Lizzie and Harlie, live in Fayetteville. For them, showing pigs is a family affair.

"It's kind of cool, because it's kind of like a family deal," Lizzie Mabry said.

Chloe, 9, is the oldest of the three girls. She has been competing since she was four.

"I used to get nervous sometimes, but I kind of got to where I can walk out there and just show them," she said.

Chloe has two pigs, including one named Olaf. He's a market pig and weighs in at 234 pounds. That's about average size for showing. A good market hog can be 200 to 280 pounds, and little of that should be fat.

"They are looking for how wide they are and how they walk," she said.

Judges also evaluate how well competitors handle their animals.

"You've got to keep eye contact with the judges, and keep your pig moving," Chloe Mabry said.

Chloe and her little sisters Lizzie and Harlie said showing pigs requires a lot of responsibility.

"My dad feeds them, and me and my sisters walk them, wash them and weigh them," Lizzie Mabry said.

The Washington County Fair runs through Saturday.

Admission is $5. Kids under the age of six get in free.