Swine Time Festival Something for everyone

Published 8:33 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Climax Community Club’s 35th annual Swine Time Festival Friday night and Saturday in Climax featured something for everyone.

Community Club President Charles Hadsock said everything came together to make the festival special.

“We couldn’t have had more beautiful weather, and we probably had more people and venders than ever before,” Hadsock said. “I would estimate we had between 20,000 and 25,000 people visiting during the day.”

Festival activities began with Friday night’s annual pilau supper at the community club house and Grand Ole Opry performance at the Head Start School, which featured Climax residents playing the roles of Opry stars. Both events were sponsored by the Climax Golden Agers.

The Swine Time parade was led by grand marshals from Jones Country Meats.

Parade winning entries were the Seminole County queens float in the float category, and Larry Harrison’s car in the car category.

Forrest Marshall of Bainbridge won the adult corn shucking competition.

The 13- to 16-year-old girls and boys corm shocking competition were won by Priscilla Borden and Levi Adkins of Bainbridge.

In the hog calling competition, Blair McMillan of Bainbridge was first in the 8- to 12-year-old division, Priscilla Bordon of Whigham won the 13- to 16-year-old division, and Sheaze Scott of Quincy, Fla., was first in the adult division. Kelsey Lambert of Bainbridge won the Hoola-Hoop contest in the 8- to 12-year-old division.

David Bass of Albany won the chitterlings eating contest.

The baby crawling contest was won by Jake Harrison, 1-year-old son of Michael and Amy Harrison of Bainbridge.

The winner in the dressed up pig competition was shown by Sarah Hunter of Palatka, Fla. She dressed her pig in a hat and jeans and called him Little Country Boy.

The Community Club long distance prizes were presented Saturday afternoon. The longest traveler to the festival from Georgia was Tammy Matche of Calhoun, the longest traveler from the United States was Theresa Garcia of Glendale, Calif., and longest traveler in the world was Beth Wellsbury of Euesmore, England.

The flower basket design quilt with beautifully colored flowers adorning each square and made by Climax’s Sew and Sew Quilters, was drawn for and won by Olene Reynolds of Bainbridge.