Selling a pig in the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions is the dream of every 4-H and FFA youth showman. Each year, two lucky showmen find themselves in the New Market Hall sale arena as the bids roll in on their hogs.
The Kentucky Pork Producers has been a buyer of the Grand Champion Market Hog for many years. This article will highlight the Grand Champion exhibitor and their experience as a swine showman.
Ruth Ann Myers exhibited the 2014 Grand Champion Market Hog at the Kentucky State Fair which sold for $13,000 and was purchased by the Kentucky Pork Producers, Kentucky Soybean Board, Fifth Third Bank, Hilton Garden Inn and Sam Moore.
Myers, 19, is a member of the Boyle County FFA chapter. Her 281 pound crossbred gilt was bred by Creager Farms in Wauseon, Ohio.
Myers has shown pigs for 10 years and says her favorite thing about showing is the people.
“It unites my family and our friends that also show. We call it our ‘show family’,” Myers said.
In addition to showing livestock, Myers has been an active 4-H and FFA member for many years. She served as the 2013-2014 Kentucky FFA State Vice President and in October was elected the National FFA Eastern Region Vice President.
“I’m spending a year with some awesome FFA members from across the nation, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as a National FFA Officer,” Myers said. “After my year of service to the FFA, I plan to finish my schooling at the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in agricultural education.”
Myers credits showing pigs with shaping her future because of the many life lessons she learned while raising and exhibiting pigs.
“I developed a passion for not only the swine industry, but all aspects of the agricultural industry and plan to teach others about the industry that really shaped who I am today,” she said.
Myers wanted to express her thanks to the buyers of her Grand Champion hog, saying that their support benefits not just her but the hundreds of other showmen and members of 4-H and FFA.
“I can guarantee you that there were many other individuals in that barn who worked just as hard as I did over the summer with my hog- I was just the lucky showmen with a market hog the judged preferred on that day,” she said.
Ruth Ann is the daughter of Joe and Toni Myers of Danville. Her FFA advisers are Toni Myers and Matt Whitaker.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Kentucky Pork Producer News. Article and photos by Celeste Harned of Celeste Communications.