DIXON — Ever see a hog go into “4-squeal drive” or “hamward bound?” You will at the Dixon May Fair’s 12th annual Hogcalling Contest, set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Swine show ring.
All veteran and amateur hog callers are invited to do their best swinemaster imitations. The popular contest, sponsored by Friends of the Dixon May Fair, involves a microphone, two hogs and a hog caller, said emcee Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, president of the Friends of the Dixon May Fair and a former 4-H swine leader.
“It’s time to bring home the bacon!” he said. “How many hamtown heroes do we have out there?”
The hogs, raised by 4-H’ers, “are top-notch athletes who don’t pull any hamstrings,” Huffman said. “We have veteran hog callers and novices as young as 3 who seem like they’ve been calling hogs for years.”
Contestants, or “swinemasters,” have one minute to coax the hogs to them. Signups – first-come, first-serve – will take place at 2 p.m. at the Swine Pavilion. There is no entry fee.
Contestants have to use their voices only and pig costumes are encouraged. The event is judged on creativity, originality, audience response and hog response. Age groups are 3-5, 6-13, 14-17 (or still in high school) and adults, 18 and older.
In the past, contestants have coaxed the hog by plaintively calling “Here, piggy, piggy!” or “Oink! Oink!” or “Soo-eee-y!” Some have recited poems, performed skits or informed the hogs that they dislike bacon with their eggs. In 2013, Nick Stacey of Dixon, known as “Boss Hog,” won his eighth championship with a series of loud snorts and oinks.