"Escorting me tonight is my dad, Tim Marek. I can't ask for a better hero and role model. Raising four girls, you can all imagine how interesting his life can be. Let's be honest, how many men do you see that can rock a pig tie?
Although this picture is just of a pig and a sunset, I believe it is a great representation of the Junior Swine Show Program, in more ways than one. It shows the time spent with an animal and teaches kids to be determined, hard working, patient, proud, and humble. That pig will be exhibited in a show that gives the exhibitor the opportunity to experience many great things. That pig is the reason for many friendships, memories, family moments, tears, laughs, miles spent on the road, meals eaten with people across the country and across the world, competitions, wins, losses, and fun. Those experiences are priceless and any person who has ever shown a pig has experienced this. The sunset stands for a bright future ahead and represents the idea that days will end but new days will also come. Some kids may leave the livestock industry and others will run the livestock industry. No matter what their future holds, we do know that the livestock industry had an impact in their lives, and it all started with one pig.
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