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FFA, 4-H hold their first Hog Daze

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FFA and 4-H students had as much fun as hogs in mud when they got together at Wickland Saturday morning for the inaugural Hog Daze, an event to promote agriculture, education and healthy living.

The day began with a 5K race that included the historic wooded trail behind the 19th century mansion. The race benefited two agricultural education groups, 4-H and FFA.

That was followed by Community Fun Day events, such as music, cornhole and other games, and food, including grilled pork chops and pork burgers. Guests could also see farm animals, including rabbits, and of course, pigs, which were kept in pens on the property.

“It was a pretty good day,” said Katie Chapman, an FFA volunteer, who was pleased the event attracted about 100 students and others.

Forty-seven runners registered for the race, she said.

The students had T-shirts printed for the event, she said.

Luke Fries, 4-H and youth agent for the Nelson County Cooperative Extension Service, organized the event, which the groups hope to make an annual activity.