Kearny Koyotes getting ready for the Pinal County Fair

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Multiple pig wrangling is sometimes necessary to persuade the porker into the grooming gates to get gussied up for the show at the Pinal County Fair.
Vicki Clark | CBN

Bella Wernett gets help from her Dad Jay as she gives her pig “Porky” a bath in preparation for the annual Junior Livestock Show being held during the Pinal County Fair next week. Vicki Clark | CBN

Bella Wernett, 9 of Kearny, is experiencing her first year as a member of the Kearny Koyotes 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Jay and Angela Wernett of Kearny. Vicki Clark | CBN

Kearny Koyotes 4-Hers Savannah Ortiz, 11, ( left) and sister Trysten ,9, do a scrub a dub dub on their entries in the Pinal County Junior Livestock Show. The sisters are the daughters of Tiffany (far right) and Brad Ortiz of Kearny. Trysten named her pig Snoop Hoggy Hog and Savannah’s pig is Porky III. Vicki Clark | CBN

Members of the Kearny Koyotes 4-H Club will be at 11-Mile Corner Fairgrounds next week for four days of competition and exhibition. The 4-Hers will take part in the Junior Livestock Show that is held in conjunction with the Pinal County Fair which runs March 19 through 23.

The Junior Livestock Program provides many worthwhile experiences and opportunities for Pinal County’s 4-H, FFA and Association members.

Specific objectives include:

• To teach responsibilities to junior livestock exhibitors in the caring of market animals.

• To teach skills and good habits regarding proper feeding, health care, fitting and showing of market animals.

• To provide junior livestock exhibitors a program that will be both educational and enjoyable.

• To offer a learning program with emphasis on success, but not dominated by competition.

• To promote an attitude of sharing knowledge among exhibitors with other exhibitors, older and younger, and with the entire family.

• To teach and encourage safe handling practices at all time, when working with or showing a market animal.

4-Hers from the Kearny Club have entries this year in swine, carcass swine, carcass goat and show veal.

Live competition includes Market, Showmanship and Skill-a-Thon.

Swine project leader is Zane Bingham and Patti Bingham is the community leader.

The Livestock Auction will be held Saturday, March 22. If you would like to help a 4-Her, add-ons are still available. Contact the Binghams at 363-5956 or at the fair for information. All donations are tax deductible.

Vicki Clark (22 Posts)

Vicki started her career in the journalism field while attending Ray High School in Kearny with an excellent teacher who took her by the hand and guided her. She worked on the school newspaper and as a senior was a co-editor. Her dream was to go on to college to study journalism and eventually to travel the world reporting the news. This dream was interrupted by life circumstances. She stayed in Kearny and went to work for the Copper Basin News in 1964 as a typesetter. Her editor was Ira Q. Toler and he also was a good teacher. After marrying and having children, her desires to again work in the newspaper field surfaced. She responded to an ad for a position in advertising for the Copper Basin News which included selling, lay-out and design. She was hired on the spot. The business has greatly changed with technology and the introduction of desktop publishing. She was fortunate enough to be a part of it. She has now worked for Copper Area News Publishers on and off for over 30 years, starting when John Seater was the publisher. She has held many positions over the years, but is most proud to be named a reporter. She loves to write and is so grateful for being given that chance.


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