For Sedalia teenagers, the Missouri State Fair is a time of great fun. Many attend for corn dogs, carnival rides or to dance the night away with friends. It is a chance to have a last hurrah before school begins.
But what about the teens attending the fair who are not from Sedalia? Some may be here for a good time as well, but many are here to show off and compete. This is the case for Madison McClenning and Kaylee and Lilly Calvin.
The Calvin sisters, of Elsberry, are in town to show off their hogs. This is 17-year-old Kaylee’s second year at the state fair. She began raising and showing hogs because a lot of her friends were doing it and told her that lambs were too stubborn. She fell in love with this lifestyle.
Lilly, 14, enjoys being at the fair with her sister and rest of their family. They are in town for their last competition of the summer, since they have already competed in their county fair and district fair.
Like the Calvin sisters, McClenning, 16, also is from Elsberry and is at the fair to show her hogs. This is her second year at the fair as well. The three girls are in the same FFA chapter.
While they are not competing or showing their hogs, Kaylee is busy being president of FFA and being involved in school organizations such as the National Honor Society. Lilly is busy on FFA trips and being a member of the National Junior Honor Society. McClenning shows horses as well, and competes in rodeos. Next year will be Kaylee’s last year showing hogs, while Madison has two years left and Lilly has her whole high school career.
Since these girls have different breeds of hogs, they do not compete against one another, but each girl believes their hogs would win against the others’ animals.
Fernanda Alexander is a student at Smith-Cotton High School.