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  • Newton County Fair Q&A: Bailey Louden

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  • Bright and early Thursday morning, fair participants showed their swines during the swine showmanship event at the Newton County Fair.
    One of the participants was Bailey Louden, 15, of Diamond, a member of the Diamond Renegades 4-H Club. The Neosho Daily News caught up with her after the event to ask her some questions.
    NDN: How many swines have you brought today?
    Louden: Four.
    NDN: How many years have you been showing and how did you get interested in showing swine?
    Louden: I have been showing swine for about seven years. My brother started showing (swine), so I just started liking them.
    NDN: How hard is it to take care of swine?
    Louden: It is fairly hard, you just have to keep them cool. They are fun to take care of, but they are kind of hard too. They are pretty self-sufficient, you have to make sure that they have food and water and a pen to keep them in or they will get out.
    NDN: How do you prepare for this fair showmanship event?
    Louden: You get them out, walk them, so they wont run off in the arena. Just keep them on their feet, exercise.
    NDN: When you were in the arena, you had to watch the judge and the swine, how hard is that to do?
    Louden: It is fairly hard, you have just got to keep looking at them out of the corner of your eye.
    NDN: How did you do in the judging competition?
    Louden: All right, I guess. I got a blue ribbon.
    NDN: What is next for you, are you going to the McDonald County Fair next week?
    Louden: Yes, then either Lamar or Sarcoxie's fair.
    NDN: Have you been to the state fair before?
    Louden: Yes, I went one year. I did pretty good there, it was fun.
    NDN: Compare the state fair to the Newton County Fair?
    Louden: It (state fair) is different, it is a lot bigger.
    NDN: What are you going to do with your pigs?
    Louden: Two will go to a breeder and two, we will eat them.
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