CLAY CENTER — Kaydee Caldwell has learned the secret to showing a happy pig.
Caldwell, 18, of Edgar was beaming Friday morning after receiving the grand champion award in the Clay County Fair swine show's senior showmanship competition.
"The trick is peppermints," she said. "I'm serious. I give him at least five peppermints a day. It makes him the biggest baby. Training's a big part of it, and I got lucky. My pig has such a good personality. He was easy to work with."
In an effort to boost participation at the swine show, Caldwell's 4-H club — the Minute Milkers — decided members would raise hogs and show them at the Clay County Fair as a club project. Like most of her fellow club members, Caldwell had next to no experience with pigs before this year.
"I've been showing cattle for years and I've shown goats for some people a few times and I've even shown a chicken," she said, "but pigs are one of those things I always thought would be cool. I loved it. It's a lot easier than messing with the big cattle."