"You have to walk them every day for half an hour," Erin said. "When it's your first year, you don't really know as much, but if you're a second year, you know what to do and know what happens."
Sydnee Adkins, 10, spent part of her Tuesday morning hosing down her prizewinning pig, Polka Dot. Adkins, who weighs 67 pounds, wrangles the 285-pound Blue Butt pig using only a stick to coax him in the right direction.
Polka Dot is Adkins' second fair pig, as well as the winner of the overall market hog competition.
"They judged them on how they looked, how well they filled out and how long they were -- how much it weighed and how it filled out, mostly," Adkins said.
The livestock competitions are sponsored through local 4-H clubs and the National FFA organization, and many of the animals are sold to local businesses and people. According to Kimble, many of the people who purchase animals during the fair return them to the youths who raised them.
Several competitions have already taken place, and Wednesday night at the fair will include the purebred beef, replacement heifer and feeder calf shows.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.