OTTAWA — Swine, poultry and horse judging entertained fair goers Wednesday at the Putnam County Fair.
The fair runs through Saturday and Senior Day was Wednesday. Industrial Day is today where fair goers can bring a car load of people from 5 p.m. until midnight at Gate 5 across from the merchant’s building only and get in for $20.
During Wednesday’s swine judging, Grant Price, swine judge, judged participants on control of their swine, showmanship, angles of the livestock and making sure the animal’s skin and hair were prepared for the competition.
“We want the swine to stay at the same speed and go where they are guided to go,” Price said. He has raised pigs with his family since he was a young boy, showed pigs for eight years and was on the pig judging panel at Ohio State.
Nolan German, 17, of Ottoville, brought his two hogs, Kevin and Bob to compete in the the swine division. It was his ninth year for competing in the swine competition at the fair.
“It’s fun, I meet a lot of people and I learn something new every year,” German said. He said it takes a lot of responsibility to raise the hogs and make sure they are fed, watered and their pens are clean. He said raising pigs has taught him about responsibility and hard work.
Lydia Will, 16, of Fort Jennings, competed in the poultry competition for her second year with her turkey named Bob. She also has shown goats and rabbits.
“I love meeting new friends, having my family here and working with the junior fair board,” Will said. She said she likes to get her animals ready to show in the fair.
Caleb Cusac, 10, of Ottawa, showed his two ducks, Daffy and Donald Duck in the duck competition.
“It takes a lot of patience and time to raise my ducks and you have to wait for them to grow,” Cusac said. He said he looks up to the other 4Hers and asks them questions to get advice on raising his ducks.
Lewis Cunningham, poultry judge, said he looked for condition, confirmation, uniformity and the kid’s knowledge about their animals.
“It’s always good for kids to learn how to raise animals because it teaches them about responsibility and how to care for something,” Cunningham said.
Gwen Climer, horse adviser, said there were competitions for the horses including speed events where horses were required to go around barrels and control the horses.
“It is fun to watch the kids grow with their horses every year and they improve from the start to the end of the show,” Climer said.
Parker Wildermuth, 18, of Continental, competed in the driven trail competition where she rode in a cart and she guided her miniature horse, Roro, around the course.
“I had to get the rope between the horse and the cart and it is very hard to do. I then had to walk my horse around pieces of wood and trot over a bridge and turn my horse and trot him around cones and barrels,” Wildermuth said. She has competed in the race since she was 9.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.