At the Dickinson County fair Friday afternoon, the rides were going, the oil was frying and people were trickling into the fair, much like the rain was.
With a rainy day at the fair, many were gathered into the Livestock Building where competitions and judging were taking place.
Enter the Lundholm family. There are seven kids, three dairy goats, and finally, two hogs competing for the highest bid at the Livestock Auction on Saturday.
â??This is my pig, Porky,â?? said John Lundholm. â??Iâ??m hoping for at least $700. You can never really tell how much it's going to go for, but Iâ??m hoping for about $700.â??
John and his sister Anna are both showing hogs at the fair, something they've been working and training hard to get to, but they said the training at home was difficult, especially with a stubborn hog .
â??They unlock the latch off the door so all the pigs escaped,â?? Anna Lundholm said. â??Every time the pigs escape, they head to the rabbit cages and knock them over so the food comes out.â??
Fridayâ??s judging got a little out of hand with the pigs trying to vie for the top hog spot.
â??They fight a lot,â?? Anna said. â??They run at each other and bite each other.â??
The relationships and bonds aren't too strong with the Lundholm kids and their hogs, which is why Saturdayâ??s auction will be more sweet than bitter.
â??They get really smelly and hard to take care of,â?? Anna said.
â??Iâ??m ok with it. Itâ??s kind of ugly,â?? John said.
Well, at least Porky doesn't know that.
The fair picked up later in the afternoon as the skies cleared up a bit. This weekend's activities should draw a crowd with a demolition derby, a lumberjack show, more animal judging and exhibitions, and of course, the classic fair food.