Coming up Rosie
FIRST PHOTO: Competitors in Maui Upcountry 4-H Livestock and Ag Fair’s live carcass pigs competition circle the ring Saturday at Oskie Rice Arena.
SECOND PHOTO: Judge Jan Bosboom, an extension meat specialist from Washington State University, studies the animals’ “confirmation and finish.” Bosboom settled on a 258-pound hog named “Rosie” that was raised in Waikapu by Jayden Vida, 11. The annual event is scheduled to continue today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Showmanship contests begin in the 4-H tent at 9 a.m.
THIRD PHOTO: Marking four generations in 4-H, Jayden Vida is congratulated by great-grandfather Leslie Vida Sr. and wife Margaret after his pig was named grand champion. Leslie Vida Sr. was a 4-H leader on Maui for many years and he helped expand the show to include swine as well as cattle. Jayden said that he tended to Rosie every day after school. “She’s a good pig,” he said. “Sometimes when her face is itchy, she will let me scratch it.”
FOURTH PHOTO: Sadie Sakamoto, 13, poses with her 1,022-pound grand champion steer “Bam Bam” after winning the live carcass steer competition.