Our son is officially the fourth best pig farmer in the United States under the age of 8, at least according to the officials at the World Pork Expo. And their word is good enough for me.
In addition to winning shows with his prize Yorkshire gilt, he entered a number of pig-related contests during this event. It's like the pork decathlon but we call it a "sweepstakes." It's name suggests a game of chance but the sweepstakes results are based on a point system similar in its complexity to the one that the BCS uses to always put Notre Dame in a bowl game.
After doing well in multiple events all week, today Ryan was presented with a ribbon, plate and check for $100. [Total winnings: three ribbons, one banner, $250]
So tomorrow we leave town with the fourth best pig farmer in the country (under 8). I guess he'll let his father think he still runs things.