Mason Puckett sits on the fence of pig, Sky's, stall after participating in the 4-H novice showmanship event at the Crook County Fair in Prineville last week. After raising and working with his pig, Bobfrey, since March, Mason ended up having to bring Sky to the fair for show and auction. Bobfrey developed arthritis in his hocks, and a few weeks before the fair, the Pucketts' decided he wouldn't show well and possibly not make it to auction. The Pucketts' like to raise an extra pig each year in case of any issues, which are rare, but they felt happened this year. "I was heartbroken. I was kinda devastated," Mason said, of not being able to take Bobfrey to the fair. "I gave him the best life he could possibly have." The Puckett's brought Bobfrey to a local butcher and sold him to recoup some of their expenses prior to the fair. While it was difficult for him, Mason said he's learned a valuable lesson in his novice year in 4-H: "Always be prepared for the worst."
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