This year's Newton County Fair Queen Felicity Bruegel had another responsibility during the fair - showing her hogs.

This year's Newton County Fair Queen Felicity Bruegel had another responsibility during the fair - showing her hogs.
"My family has been raising hogs ever since my uncle and my mom was in high school," she said. "So it has always been in my family."
Practice makes perfect.
For Bruegel, she starts training her hogs three months before the fair begins.
"We start walking them every day for about 15-20 minutes," she said. "Walking them gets them into shape, it gets them ready to show in the arena and walk around the arena for the judge."
When she puts the hogs into the arena, she makes sure to never lose eye contact with the judge.
"It keeps the judge looking at you, because when you keep eye contact with the judge, he looks back at you because he knows that you are looking at him and know what he wants you to do," said Bruegel.
Not only are the hogs a show animal for Bruegel, but close to her.
"All of my pigs have names, all 10 of them," she said. "(I come up with their names) typically on their personality or their looks, whenever they are first born, because we raise them from babies. so as soon as they are born, typically they have a name based on their personality."
Her favorite hog is named 'Socks.'
"Whenever she was first born, she came and climbed into my lap and just sat there," Bruegel said. "She has been with me the whole time, never let her go, she is the baby of the group. She has little white socks on her front feet."
Bruegel enjoys the fair.
"I really like showing off what I worked on, all of my hard work and also like getting to talk to people," she said. "And making new friends. because i have tons of friends here that i never get to see except for here. but i really hope that people learn what we do with the pigs, we don't mistreat them. we just train them and hopefully we have the best of the best and they can see how we can train our pigs, how we take care of them."
She feeds her hogs a mixture of oats, grain, different things and lots of protein.
"They are one of the easier barnyard animals just because you don't have to brush them, you do have to clip them but they are pretty easy to take care of, because they are cleanest barnyard animal," Bruegel said. "They are fairly easy to train for a beginner, but if you want to get into state fair and stuff, they can be kind of hard to train."
On Saturday, the fair participants can participate in the market sale.
"I typically have one in the sale - or what we hope for - and I use the money to throw back into my breeding program, since I have been breeding my own pigs since I was 12," she added. "Wyandotte Nation donates $1,000 to me if I make it into the sale. I take that money and I use it for feed, buying new pigs or buying seaman to breed my pigs."
She encourages others to get involved with the fair.
"I recommend joining either 4-H or FFA and finding someone who can help you learn what you need to do," said Bruegel. "And picking something that really peaks your interest, that you will actually get into, dive into and not be like, 'oh, that is kind of gross, I don't want to do that,' you want to find something that you really like."