“I’ve been at this a while,” he said.
He said there’s hardly been a free minute for him at this year’s fair. He showed and cared for his pigs, worked at the junior leader food booth, helped set up the obstacle course and attended as many of the fair’s special events as he could.
Really, the only thing he hasn’t done is ride the rides.
“I’m not a big rides person,” he said. “I’m generally too busy for it.”
He also missed the hog wrestling contest. It happened at the same time as the Royal Showman contest he was competing in.
He didn’t mind. Showing his pigs is the best part of the fair.
“Show days are the best,” Willson said. “I’m kind of a competitive person, so I like the competitions.”
He missed out, though. Sautter said the hog wrestling was her favorite part of the fair. The queen and her court competed as a team in the event.
They wore special plastic tiaras and homemade sashes for the event. The sashes said “Miss MiHAMi County.”
They tried so hard but didn’t catch the hog, she said.
“It was difficult,” she said. “Our feet kept getting stuck in the mud.”
She said the team felt better after finding out that only five adult teams managed to catch it. The important thing was that they tried and had fun doing it.
“Just because we’re on the queen court doesn’t mean we can’t get dirty,” she said.
Sautter and Braden said they love the Miami County Fair. The whole community is invested in it – backing the 4-H members who work so hard on their projects.
Braden said she’s thankful she was able to participate an extra year. Last year was her final year in 4-H, so there were no more hogs for her to show like she normally does.
Being the fair queen has allowed her to participate one more time in all the fair activities and see them from a new perspective.
“I’m glad I got to come back for this,” she said.
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @LindseyZiliak.