In the Brownwood school district’s ag barn Friday morning, Brownwood High School senior Brianna Mobley scratched the snout of her black and pink cross swine.
The animal squealed and snorted as ag teachers Cade and Chelsea Wilson and others trimmed the pig’s hair, preparing her for her showing next week in the Brown County Youth Fair.
Asked to interpret the pig’s squeals, Mobley took a guess. The pig was saying “I’m ready to go home and eat,” Mobley offered.
Mobley will be showing the pig as well as a brown male Duroc as a member of the Brownwood FFA.
She is one of nearly 500 exhibitors who will compete in the event that’s been described as “a weeklong countywide celebration of the farm and livestock community” — otherwise known as the youth fair. There will be nearly 900 exhibits in the Livestock Division and more than 900 exhibits of clothing, foods, canning and crafts in the Home Economics Division. Ag mechanics will have 25 exhibits.
The fair begins Sunday afternoon with the appearance judging and fashion show practice in the Home Economics Division, and ends the following Saturday with the Awards and Premium Sale. The Awards and Premium Sale, which includes the crowning of the youth fair queen, begins at 3 p.m.
Mobley said she values “the experience” of the youth fair.
“I really like the people,” Mobley said.
Home Economics Division schedule
• 3 p.m. — appearance judging and fashion show practice.
• 6:30 p.m. — fashion show.
• 1 p.m. — judging of items.
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — viewing of items.
Livestock Division schedule
• 8 a.m — Breeding lambs, followed by breeding goats, followed by breeding swine.
•11 a.m. — A Day in the Ring for special needs exhibitors
• 1 p.m. — Rabbits.
• 2 p.m. — Ag mechanics.
• 9 a.m. — Market lambs, followed by market goats, followed by market swine.
• 9 a.m. — Market swine.
• 9 a.m. — Market steers, followed by registered breeding heifer, followed by horse show.