Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Firsthand Account from the Celebrity Swine Show ; C-J Staffer Gives a Firsthand Account from the Show

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Firsthand Account from the Celebrity Swine Show ; C-J Staffer Gives a Firsthand Account from the Show

Article excerpt

"What did I just get myself into?" I thought as I walked toward the gated pigs.

I was about to participate in the Celebrity Swine Show at the Shawnee County Fair, and as a farmer's daughter, you would think this would be something easy for me. Did I mention my dad raised crops, not animals?

As the group of celebrities -- including myself, district attorney Chad Taylor and Shawnee County Register of Deeds Becky Nioce -- gathered around to see the demonstration of how to make a pig run in a figure-eight, I thought, "This can't be too hard."

Taylor was up first. He struggled to get his pig to start running, tapping him with a long whip to try to get him to move.

"Okay, not so easy," my inner voice said.

As my turn came, the only thought running through my head was: "I just hope this pig moves. …

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