Swine Time enjoyed by all

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More than 6,000 visitors enjoyed competitive events, ranging from hog calling to chitterling eating to corn shucking and greasy pig chasing, at Saturday’s 38th annual Swine Time Festival in Climax.

Phillip Dodson, president of the Climax Community Club, sponsor of the annual festival honoring the hog farming community that flourished around Climax and throughout Decatur County for many years, and Climax Mayor Charles Hadsock, both said they thought all the visitors enjoyed the day’s activities.

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“There were no problems at all,” Dodson said. “The visitors I talked to really enjoyed the contests and vendors on the Swine Time grounds.” “I thought everything went very nicely,” Hadsock said. “Everyone seemed to be having a good time.”

The grand marshals of the Swine Time parade were former Climax postmasters Linda Harris and Betty Thomas.

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop, who rode in the parade, told the post parade audience how much he enjoys  Swine Time and other Southwest Georgia festivals.

“The Climax Community Club does an outstanding job with Swine Time,” Bishop said. “I tell my colleagues in Washington what unique festivals we have in Southwest Georgia.”

Terri Lynn Anvar of Bainbridge and Shemeka Green of Quincy, Fla, were co-winners of the women’s corn shucking contest, and Bainbridge High School freshman Tianna Miller won the girls hog calling contest.

The dressed up pig contest was won by 4-year-old Jasiyah Harper of Quincy, Fla, She dressed her pig in a white garment and called it a baptized pig.

Co-winners of the girls chitterling eating contest were Lisa Seymore and Janice Francis of Quincy, Fla.

Ten-year-old Grayson Bradley of Atlanta and 19-year-old Kyle McMillan of Bainbridge won the boys and girls hog calling contests. Gwendolyn Bryant of Lansing, Mich., won the ladies hog calling contest.

In one of the most unique contests of the day, Brian Thomas Crew Edalgo, the son of  Brian and Patience Edalgo of Maggie Valley, N.C., who will be 1 year old January 9, 2013, won the baby crawling contest.

Carolyn Harrison, of Whigham, Ga., won the Climax Sew and Sew Quilters log cabin pattern quilt; and the railroad pattern quilt was purchased at auction for $525 by Glen Mize of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Climax.