The winner of the 2012 Big Boar contest at the Iowa State Fair,”Reggie” of Austin, Ind., set a new weight record at 1,335 pounds.
Reggie eclipses “Freight Train,” the 2008 Winner at 1,246 pounds.
Reggie, owned by Rick and Jody Stockdale, is the first non-Iowa boar to take the top prize at the Big Boar competition in at least a decade, Swine Barn manager Ernie Barnes said.
Reggie is the two time champ at the Indiana State Fair, which unlike Iowa allow repeat entries.
“Iowa is the hog capital and it’s a thrill to compete here.” said Rick Stockdale.
Iowa contestants took the victory of a non-Iowa hog in stride.
“It’s okay, I don’t have a problem with it,” said John Sweeney of Pleasant Hill, who had the crowd favorite “Fred Hoiboar.”
Fred Hoiboar was accompanied by his namesake, ISU basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, whose foundation for heart research benefitted from sales of the red and gold t-shirts boosting the boar version of Fred.
Alas, Fred Hoiboar fell short at 1,079 pounds.
The five-year old Reggie, like the five other entrants, is a natural rather than artificial breeder.