Good times had by all at 41st Climax Swine Time Festival

Published 6:29 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Kids try to get their hands around a greasy pig at the Swine Time Festival last Saturday.

Saturday’s 41st Swine Time Festival, sponsored annually by the Climax Community Club, featured a hog calling contest, a chitterling eating contest, a corn shucking contest and the always-popular greasy pig chase.

Willie L. Shiloh of Cordele won the men’s chitterling eating contest. Ashton Hutto of Bainbridge won the best-dressed pig contest with his pig named Princess.

Christine Hall of Seattle Washington won the award for traveling the furthest to attend Swine Time. She was visiting her parents Cindy and Pat Worsly of Climax.

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The Honor Sentinels, a patriotic motorcycle groups that honors all veterans, were the Swine Time Festival Parade Grand Marshals. This year’s festival honored American military heroes of all United States wars.

Climax Community Club president Sarah Dollar said she was extremely proud of all her club members who worked so hard to put on what she claimed to be a first class event.

Climax hog farmer Bubba Hester, who puts on the greasy pig chase each year, said it is always fun to watch the kids get the hog in a corner and pin him down.

“I know the mamas of the greasy pig chase have to wash a lot of dirty clothes each year but it is worth it if their son or daughter pins down a hog,” she said.

Climax Mayor Charles Hadsock and Butch Mosely, who represents Climax on the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, both welcomed visitors on the dignitaries during the opening Swine Time ceremonies. Michael Bryant was there representing U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop.

“Our Climax residents always put their best foot forward each year at Swine Time,” Mayor Hadsock said.

“Climax is my home and Swine Time brings the whole community together to celebrate our heritage,” added Moseley.