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Three Coleman siblings each took first place in the display of their pigs at the Midland County Fair last week

Coleman brothers Isaiah Biers, 16, Victoria Kennedy, 14, and Teagan Kennedy, 10, reaped the rewards of a lot of hard work and dedication at the Midland County Fair last week.

In what may have been a first in the fair’s 84-year history, all three siblings won first place in their respective divisions in the showmanship category for the pigs they entered.

Isaiah won first place in the Senior Showmanship category in addition to winning Grand Champion Hog ​​for his pig “Frost”.

Victoria took first place in Intermediate Showmanship and won the Reserve Grand Champion Hog, just behind Isaiah, for her pig, “Buddy”.

And Teagan won first place in both Beginner Showmanship and Midland County Special Hogs in the Bred and Owned category for his pig, “Buster.”

“It makes me happy and proud,” said Teagan, a fifth grader at Coleman Elementary School, of what she and her older sibling have accomplished.

Teagan said her sister and brother helped her learn patience throughout their five years raising pigs together in their home. They are members of the 4-H club of the Geneva breeding.

She said she would remember those moments long after she was done showing piggies.

“You have a lot of memories of it and you can teach your kids when you’re older,” Teagan said.

Likewise, Victoria was proud to share in the success of Teagan and Isaiah.

“It makes me happy not only to have been able to do it myself, but also to accomplish it with my family,” said Victoria.

Victoria, a freshman at Coleman High School, said she was able to teach Teagan the importance of responsibility and how to take care of pigs.

Isaiah, a senior at Coleman High School, said while he knew they had some good pigs this year, he didn’t necessarily expect all three of them to win their showmanship splits. same year.

“Yeah, that was quite a week,” Isaiah said.

He said many people don’t realize the time spent raising and exhibiting animals, which takes about two hours a day from March to the end of the fair. Now the siblings will have about a month off before they start planning how to care for a new litter next spring.

“It doesn’t come overnight. People don’t usually understand how many hours you put into it and how much work it entails,” Isaiah said.

According to Victoria, she and her siblings will not rest on their laurels.

“We’re already talking about our plans for next year and doing something to up our game a bit, like going to ‘jackpot’ shows,” Victoria said.

As an illustration of their initiative, the siblings’ mother, Shawna Kennedy, said she developed a feeding plan for their pigs and purchased a feed mixer as well as cracked corn and soybeans to feed them.