Yazmin Grizzanti reflected on the turbulent personality of her pig, Bricks, as she prepared to auction him off Saturday at the Santa Barbara County Fair.
“He’s a pretty good pig. He doesn’t fight with any other pigs. The only thing is when you have to take him out sometimes, he gets very ... whiny. And if he walks too much he gets whiny. But when he goes out he’s really grumpy,” the 12-year-old member of the Lompoc Valley 4-H Club said.
“I’m going to be sad when he goes,” she added.
Hundreds of young exhibitors sold their animals such as pigs, goats and sheep Saturday at the fair’s Junior Livestock Auction.
Livestock buyers turned out to support the youth, purchasing pig after pig Saturday morning during the fast-paced auction as the exhibitors showed off their animals one by one.
There were 1,777 animals exhibited at this year’s fair, with more than 700 of them being pigs.
The 121st annual fair’s final day is today at the Santa Maria Fairpark with gates opening at 11 a.m.
Most exhibitors earned $8 per pound for their pigs, and the buyer was frequently The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, a nonprofit corporation based in Santa Barbara.
Despite the success rate for the young exhibitors, 9-year-old Nick Carlson with La Graciosa 4-H felt nervous before he auctioned his pig, Tank.
“I put in a lot of work,” he said. “I had to pick up a lot of poo, put in a lot of new shavings. It was hard work.”
Cole Breck, 16, with Lompoc Valley 4-H sold his pig for $8 per pound to The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
“I was hoping for a little more because I got 10 last year,” he said, but added that he was pleased with the money he earned and planned to spend some on next year’s animal and on his truck.
Danielle Morgan, 12, also with Lompoc Valley 4-H, said she found comprehending the auctioneer challenging as she waited for her turn to step inside the auction barn.
“It’s hard to, like, know what’s going on because he’s talking so fast.”
Danielle said she would be happy with whatever money she earned and wanted to save some for college.
Righetti FFA exhibitors Keith Summers and Steven Northup, both 15, said they had fun their first year showing livestock in the fair.
Said Steven, “I’m thinking about what my pig at the slaughterhouse is going to be like. ‘I trusted you, man!’”
Fifteen-year-old Pablo Lopez with Cuyama Valley 4-H explained the story behind the name of his pig — Almost.
“I didn’t think my pig was going to make it (weight) so it ‘almost’ made it, but it made it by seven pounds,” he said.
Clayton Hamblin, 12, also of Cuyama Valley 4-H said he was excited for auction and felt accomplished by the work he put into caring for Cinch.
“I had to feed her every hour to make weight,” he added.
Gianna Abatti, 17, with Nipomo FFA, is experienced with showing livestock at the fair, as she’s been doing so since she was 9 years old.
This year, she auctioned off a pregnant heifer and took in $2,500 that she plans to save for college.
“It’s better than I thought I was going to get this year,” she said.
Santa Maria native Abel Maldonado, candidate for Congress, came to watch his sons and other family members take part in the livestock auction.
He said he earned Grand Champion for his hog in 1985 and put the money toward his education.
“It’s a wonderful, wonderful program,” Maldonado said. “It gives kids a lot of responsibility. Growing up, you have to get up early in the morning. You have to feed your animal. You go to school. You come back and you take care of your animal.”
10 a.m. Swine Costume – Auction Barn
11 a.m. Academy of Dance: San Luis Jazz – The SUN Center Stage
11:30 a.m. Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls
12 p.m. Adult Showmanship (Beef, Swine, Sheep) – Auction Barn
12 p.m. Movie Stunt Adventure Show
12 p.m. Garcia Dance Studio – Center Stage
1 p.m. Small Livestock Awards – Small Livestock Barn
1 p.m. Our Rainforest Friends Animal Show – Discovery Pavilion
1 p.m. Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls
1:30 p.m. Just Dance Lompoc – Center Stage
2 p.m. Fiesta Day Hispanic Concert – Budweiser Minetti Arena
2 p.m. Movie Stunt Adventure Show
2 p.m. Everything That Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show – Agricultural Pavilion
3 p.m. Round Robin – Auction Barn
3 p.m. Our Rainforest Friends Animal Show – Discovery Pavilion
3 p.m. Grupo Pecdo – Center Stage
3 p.m. Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls
4 p.m. Movie Stunt Adventure Show
4 p.m. Everything That Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show – Agricultural Pavilion
5 p.m. Gutter Mafia Family Records – Center Stage
5 p.m. Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls
5 p.m. Our Rainforest Friends Animal Show – Discovery Pavilion
6 p.m. Everything That Matters in the Kitchen Cooking Show – Agricultural Pavilion
6 p.m. Movie Stunt Adventure Show
8 p.m. Josue Hernandez y Los Giros de Juan y Miguel – Center Stage