Hogs receive attention at Waterford Fair

WATERFORD – Amid laughter, small talk and parents giving directions were the loud squeals and quiet chuffing of pigs during Thursday morning’s festivities at the Waterford Fair.

The fair began Thursday and will continue through Sunday, with the fair parade kicking off at 6 p.m. today.

For Owen Schaad, 9, of Marietta the fair marked his first year of experiencing how it feels to raise a hog, and his father Ed, 43, couldn’t be happier.

“I did some showing when I was a kid,” he said. “I’m just now getting back into it…I thought it would be a good experience for (Owen).”

Owen said he spends around 10 to 12 hours a week with his hog.

“I clean its pen, feed it, keep it clean,” he said.

His father said it’s been fun to teach Owen as they’ve raised the hog.

“The biggest thing is knowing what to look for and what the judge wants,” he said. “It’s teaching him the parts the meat comes from; where the loin is, where the bacon is. For me, it’s just for him to have the experience of camaraderie in the barn and people you meet.”

Thursday’s events including hog weighing and photos, a baby contest and tractor pulls.

Nathan Bullock, 17, of Beverly said he’s looking forward to the hog sale at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and something with a little more speed.

“(I’m looking forward to) just seeing how good I can do (at the sale),” he said. “And (also) the truck and tractor pulls. I like power, hearing the turbos pull up and hanging out with friends.”

Sandra Huck, 37, of Marietta said her son Jacob, 10, raised a hog for the fair.

“This is actually his second year and he loves it,” she said. “His dad’s a cattle person but her prefers the hogs.”

She said there’s one event pertaining to the hogs she’s looking forward to.

“My favorite is the sale because the kids get so excited making money,” she said. “Their faces just light up.”

Becky Kern, 38, of Waterford was with her daughters Alayna, 10, and Sadie, 9, as they got their hog ready for pictures.

“It’s their first year bringing a market hog,” she said. “They’ve seen their brothers and sisters bring them…(so) they had a pretty good idea of what to do.”

While Alayna has had fun with her pig, she said she’s looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

“It was really fun, getting to walk them,” she said, adding, “(I’m ready for) the rides and all the games.”

Meanwhile, Kern said she’s ready for one thing.

“Just being able to relax; it’s been hectic making sure we have everything ready for them,” she said. “It takes a lot to get (the hogs) together, but it’s fun for the kids.”

Upcoming events for the rest of the weekend include hog judging, the parade and a children’s motorcycle and ATV rodeo today; tractor pulls, livestock and jackpot show and hog sale Saturday; and more tractor pulls and a horse show on Sunday. Rides will be available for children to ride throughout the weekend.