4-H vet finishes with win

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 14, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — Michael Williams of Kitts Hill may only be 18, but he’s an experienced swine showman that knows what it takes to win at the Lawrence County Fair.

Williams, of the Starlite 4-H group, took home grand champion honors Tuesday morning during the swine show at the fair for his entry in the 268-270 pound class. He also won first place for his hog in the 272-278 pound class.

Williams has been in 4-H since he was 10 and has been showing hogs ever since. With some help from his family, the teen said he works nonstop each year trying to get his hogs in tip-top condition for the fair.

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His work over the years has paid off as he has won grand champion twice before and reserve champion one time.

This is his last year at the fair, but Williams said he is glad he could go out with a bang.

“This pretty much tops it off,” said the Rock Hill graduate.

“It’s very exciting, It’s really great.”

Although younger and less experienced, Corey Brown of Waterloo felt the same sense of excitement over his fifth place overall finish. He won for his entry in the 257-261 pound class.

“Its hard work. Every day you are working with them, feeding them and the other care that they need,” explained the 13-year-old member of the Gingham and Denim 4-H group.

His dad, Steve, said the entire family works from March until fair time making sure their hogs are in prime condition. The process is one that teaches youngsters traditional values and responsibility, he said.

“That’s really what this is all about. It’s really good for the kids to learn how to take care of the animals and be responsible for something.”