HITCHCOCK – For 15-year-old Harley Everts, success at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo means the end of a close friendship.
Everts has been raising pigs for the past eight years.
“There’s just something about them that other animals don’t have. I get along with them easily,” Everts said.
But this year is a little different. Everts and her pig, Mags, are best friends.
“I can lay in the pen with her for hours and she wouldn’t move,” she said. “I could fall asleep with her and she wouldn’t care.”
A member of Trailblazers 4H, Everts has had 10 pigs before Mags, but she says this one is special.
Using Mags as a pillow before the swine competition Saturday evening, the Clear Creek High School student said she is already dreading the inevitable; Mags will be probably be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
“I don’t like it,” she said. “It’s like one night she’s there, and you know the next morning she’s going to be gone. It’s the hardest thing in the world to actually say goodbye.”
However, the pain isn’t enough to make her stop participating in 4H, she said, as she plans to participate in the program next year.
She’s said she’s grateful for 4H and said it’s brought her friends, taught her leadership skills and much more.
“It’s not just about the animals, but animals are a big part of it,” she said.