When all your hard work pays off

As part of a summer series to My NDFB Life, we will be experiencing 4-H through the eyes of 15-year-old Paul Hanebutt. Paul is the son of Pete Hanebutt, NDFB Director of Public Policy. Throughout the summer, we will learn about the joys, struggles and rewards of being involved in 4-H. This is Paul’s eighth post.

This last week, we loaded up the pigs and took them to the Morton County Fair. The weekend consisted of showing, walking, and spending time with friends. I believe my brother and I had a successful fair this year. We participated in the 4-H show on Friday, the premium sale was that night, and on Saturday we showed in open class.

On Friday morning I took second in my normal class and fourth in showmanship. My brother had grand overall market hog and grand senior swine showman. I am very proud of him. Saturday morning, I took third in my class and reserve senior showman in showmanship. My brother took third in his class and grand senior swine showman. A comment from a judge that I liked was, “You can tell that these pigs have been handled well all summer.” Afterwards, my brother thanked me for all the washing and cleaning I did for the pigs all summer.

Parker and Paul with pigs
Parker and Paul pose with the pigs.

After my showing I would go and watch my friends that showed beef and dairy cows. They all did well in their own species. It was good to see them and have the opportunity to talk and hang out with them. I remember a quote from an Indiana pig showman who said, “4-H friends last a lifetime.” I truly believe that this quote is true. After an entire year of not seeing some of my 4-H friends, we seem to always have fun. These friends are different than any school friends I may have, because they show animals like me and have lots of the same characteristics. They understand the joys and struggles of raising and showing animals.

Paul with friends
Paul with some of his 4-H buddies.

The county fair also brings other fun events. In the evenings there were dances that I would go to and each night I was able to watch the rodeo.

At the end of the showing season, it is butchering time. I was taught at a younger age that the pigs are not pets. The pigs have a date set where they will be butchered and processed for us to eat.

Overall, the fair treated us very well this year. Showing went amazing and seeing friends is always a good and fun time. I am glad my pig did well and that my brother had a great last year of showing.



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