BUTTE – It might sound like a barnyard, but it’s the sound of 4-H competition at its best at the Butte-Silver Bow County Fair this week. The young farmers have plenty of animals to look after.
“I have two steers, two horses, five pigs, two goats and two sheep,” said 14-year-old Payton Bailey.
Wyatt Casagrande, 11, had his pigs Porkahontis and Sausageawa take blue and red ribbons. He said it took plenty of hard work and plenty of food to win.
“They eat about a 50-pound bag of feed a week. Sausageawa was 94 when we first got her, now, she is 246 pounds, so they’ve grown quite a great amount,” Casagrande said.
The kids say 4-H teaches them more than just how to work with pigs and cows and goats. It also teaches them important life skills as well.
“It really prepares you for life, like, after 4-H and after high school. Some kids learn a lot more after high school, but with people in 4-H, we learn everything during high school,” said Bailey.
Along with the 4-H competitions, the free county fair, which is being held at the Vigilante Saddle Club this year, will feature entertainment, food, and games and it continues through Sunday.