Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
More than 60 Woodward FFA and 4-H students are preparing for the upcoming Woodward Livestock Show set at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Woodward County Fairgrounds.
Among those students are two who had hogs killed or badly hurt in a fire at the Woodward Ag facility last fall but that hasn't dampened their spirit.
Both Katharine Little, whose hog named Oscar was badly burned, and Tiffany Hobbs, whose hog was killed, are planning to show this weekend.
Tuesday, both girls and their friend Damian Rhoades got together in the first sunshine that has warmed the region in days and worked with their hogs.
Little's hog, Oscar, galloped as much as any pig can about the enclosure, celebrating his freedom from the barn for so many days during the recent snow storms.
Oscar is really a miracle pig as he was not expected to survive. That night firefighters rescued him from the blaze but he was badly burned, with burns up and down his belly and legs as well as his face, Little said.
"He had really bad respiratory problems and we just didn't think he would make it," she said. "But his medicine and resting and good care is what got him feeling good again."
But Oscar surprised everyone and Tuesday, unless you knew what the happy Hampshire had been through, you wouldn't know he'd ever been harmed.
Hobbs also plans to show the new hog she received as a donation from Woodward businessmen Calvin White and Bob Graham after hers was killed in the fire.
According to Woodward FFA instructor Chip Laubach, the ag program at Woodward has grow to over 60 students this year over the 40 who participated last year.
He expressed a hope that Woodward patrons would come to not only see the show, but to the dinner and premium auction Saturday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodward County Fairgrounds. The premium auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.