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New to 4-H, pro at showing pigs


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Colton Marlin, 10, of Franklin, brushes Lincoln his Yorkshire hog after weigh-in at the Johnson County fair. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Colton Marlin, 10, of Franklin, brushes Lincoln his Yorkshire hog after weigh-in at the Johnson County fair. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Every night, Colton Marlin has been walking a 257-pound Yorkshire hog named Lincoln in preparation for this year’s Johnson County fair.

The 10-year-old from Greenwood is a 4-H’er for the first time this year.

Pigs are Colton’s favorite animal, and he has shown them over the past four years as a peewee, he said. A peewee shows an older 4-H’er’s animal in a showmanship competition for children too young for 4-H. This year, since he is going into fourth grade, he is finally old enough to be in 4-H.

Colton feeds his hog twice a day. Every couple of days, he bathes Lincoln, who got his name because Colton likes history.

He said judges will be looking at how much muscle his pig has and don’t want to see any scratches on the animal’s body.

“It’s a fun sport to do, and I like to be outside with farm animals,” he said.

At home, Colton and his twin sister Kylee do many of the hog chores on their own, mom Shara Marlin said. In addition to feeding, bathing and walking their hogs, the children also clean the pig pens, she said.

The Marlin File

Who: Colton Marlin, 10, of Greenwood

Parents: Joe and Shara Marlin

What: Marlin is showing Lincoln, a Yorkshire hog, in born and bred, beginner’s showmanship and the hog’s weight class 4-H competitions at the Johnson County fair.

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