Keegan Thacker and his hog enjoy a hug at the Fremont County Fair on Wednesday. (Photo by Dawn Marie Connell Thacker)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Shoshoni’s Keegan Thacker, 11, gave his registered Hereford Gilt “Gemma” a big hug after the junior hog showmanship Wednesday at the Fremont County Fair. The hog responded with a smile. Thacker’s swine was the first Hereford breed to be shown at the county fair, and the only one of its kind this year. Thacker thus won first place in the “Any Other Breed Jr. Gilt” and first in “Any Other Breed Jr. Boar.”