Two siblings from Jefferson recently competed at the 2020 National Junior Swine Association Southeast Regional in Perry. The event is the association's largest regional show and second largest show of the year. More than 2,000 hogs were exhibited by more than 800 exhibitors across the country.
Carson Page, a second grader at Gums Springs Elementary School, gained national recognition by being named the Novice Showmanship Champion. The showmanship contest is based on the exhibitor's ability to drive a pig and to showcase the skills they have gained while spending months preparing for the event. This title was Page's first national showmanship win. He competed with exhibitors eight-years-old and younger.
His older sister, Savannah Page, who is a sophomore at Jackson County Comprehensive High School, was named Reserve Showmanship Champion in the Intermediate Division. This division included exhibitors ranging in age from 13-years-old to 15-years-old.
With their hogs, Carson Page went on to place second in class with his market barrow and fifth with his Duroc barrow. Savannah Page, earned the Grand Champion Crossbred Barrow title, along with capturing the Grand Champion Hampshire Barrow title and Reserve Division One Champion in the Crossbred Gilt Show.
The siblings capped off their weekend by both placing in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes Contest accumulates points for the best all-around exhibitors in showmanship, class, and the skill-a-thon contest. Carson Page was fifth place in the Novice Division and Savannah was fourth place in the Intermediate Division.
Carson Page, 7, and Savannah Page,15, are the children of Phil and Christy Page. Savannah is an active member of the Jackson County FFA Chapter.