Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 9 newspaper on Page A6.
JACKSON — For numerous years, the Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau (JVFB) has hosted a fundraiser and contest dubbed “Hog Wild.” The ultimate goal of the contest is to collect money to support the JVFB Scholarship Fund and youth programs.
This year, the honor of “Top Hog” went to Bobbi Montgomery for State Rep. of the 93rd District, whose pig named “Pathway,” earned quite a bit of money in a short period.
The people of Jackson County voted Montgomery’s pig as the top hog of the county by contributing over 50,813 votes or $508.13 to their pig in just six days (each vote is worth one penny).
The public helps decide who the “Top Hog” of Jackson County is from year to year by voting with their spare change or bills. The JVFB fundraiser is now completed for the 2019 calendar year.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, during the Jackson Apple Festival, JVFB President Mickey Scott made the announcement of this year’s “Top Hog,” “People’s Choice,” “Most Creative/Original” and “Most Likes on Facebook.”
The People’s Choice Award went to Stockroom 601’s “601 Idol Pig” who collected 130,032 votes in their pig tallying $1,300.32 in the first round of voting alone. This year’s Most Creative/Original Hog Award went to LaRosa’s Pizzeria’s piggy named “Al Dente,” and the most Facebook Likes winner was Dakota’s Roadhouse pig named “Allegra” who had 242 likes.
According to Scott, the grand total collected was $6,362.16, which will support the Farm Bureau Scholarships and Youth Programs of Jackson and Vinton Counties.
“The Farm Bureau would like to thank all of the businesses and the community for taking part in this event, from painting the pigs to voting for your favorite,” Scott said. “This definitely shows the support of the community.”