Over the weekend, 99 youth representing 38 Kansas counties participated in the Dr. Bob Hines Swine Classic in Manhattan. The two-day event included a skillathon, photography contest, showmanship competitions, and prospect and market hog shows. Over 225 pigs were entered and awards were given to the top half of each class.
“The opportunity for K-State faculty, staff and graduate students to interact with youth enthusiastic about swine from across Kansas is very fulfilling,” said Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University professor and swine extension specialist. “We enjoy this opportunity to showcase the swine program at K-State as well as educate youth about the career opportunities in our industry.”
KPA is a donor to the Swine Classic, and this year sponsored a Snapchat contest for attendees. Snapchat is a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos and text. For the event, KPA created a unique geofilter, which is an overlay that communicates the “where and when” of a snap in a fun way. Attendees were encouraged to snap a photo using the KPA-created geofilter for a chance to win a $50 gift card.