Kaylee Miller, 16, of Clay County won the prize for the 4-H Grand Champion Gilt at the Indiana State Fair.
By FRANK PHILLIPS
Kaylee Miller's pigs won two big prizes at this year's Indiana State Fair.
Her Champion Yorkshire Gilt went on to be named the Grand Champion Gilt overall.
Her mother says there were 1,200 gilts entered.
Kaylee also had the Reserve Champion Crossbred barrow that went on to win 3rd Overall Barrow and was chosen to participate in the Sale of Champions, her mother reported.
"Only five barrows of over 1,200 were chosen for this prestigious sale.
"Both of the champion pigs were bred by A.J. Williams of Williams Show Pigs in Cory."
Kaylee was also a finalist in the State Fair Crossbred Showmanship Contest.
This is Kaylee's 7th year in 4-H and 7th year of showing pigs.
Her mother said she also competed each weekend in the spring in the Indiana Junior Swine Circuit.
The pigs are raised in her own backyard. This year she raised five pigs. All did very well at each show.
"Each day each of the pigs are walked over 1 mile and rinsed. On the hot days, they are rinsed three to four times each. Kaylee is completely responsible for taking care of the pigs and feeding them each day. Each pig is fed a different type and amount of feed to enable them to be at the perfect weight for the State Fair. The feed is measured to the ounce," she said.
Kaylee contributes her success to hard work and support of her family and friends.
Kaylee is very honored and grateful for her accomplishments and thanks everyone who helped her in any way.