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Pig-kissing scheduled for Weld County Fair

Someone is going to kiss a pig at the Weld County Fair on Saturday evening.

But it’s for a good cause.

Members of the Weld County 4-H Horse Bowl team, which won the state championship in Fort Collins last month, are conducting a fundraiser at the fair to help finance trips to two national contests the team will be taking later this year.

For $1, those at the fair can vote on who they would like see kiss a pig. The actual kissing will take place either before or after the catch-a-pig contest during Family Night at the Fair, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Island Grove Regional Park Arena.

The team of Marissa Bartmann of Windsor, Ayana Ledlow of Kersey, Aubrey Lind of Eaton, Megan Seltzer of Briggsdale and Kristen Schmidt of Greeley will compete at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, in October and then will represent the state at the 2010 National Western Stock Show in Denver, where 4-H teams from the western United States compete.

The girls are selling the tickets for the kissing event, and they will be at the arena prior to the catch-it programs.

The team is coached by Teresa Johnson of Greeley.

Those getting a chance to kiss the pig – based on the number of votes they get – include Stuart Gebauer, president of the Weld County Fair Board, Tom Bledsoe, who is on the fair board, Weld Extension Agent Keith Maxey and 4-H members Kamber Carlson of Stoneham, who had the grand champion market hog at the 2009 Northeast Weld County Fair, and Austin Reinick of Kersey, who had the grand champion market hog at the 2008 Weld County Fair.

Word is bright red lipstick will be available for the kissing, but it wasn’t made clear if that’s for the “kisser” or the pig.

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