July 10, 2003

Kiss The Pig Contest Leaves LeRoy Huff With Sour Taste In His Mouth



SCR-I Superintendent LeRoy Huff plants a kiss on the pig held by Extension Council member Randy Ward as fellow contestants Tom Deberry and Rick Fischer look on. Huff was the "lucky" winner in the extension council's Kiss the Pig Contest, which helped the community organization raise $240.



Scotland County's version of "The Bachelorette", the Extension Council's Kiss the Pig Contest, ended Saturday night at the Fair with little surprise.

Six lucky contestants vied for the affections of the piglet: Jim Kigar, Tom Deberry, LeRoy Huff, Jim McClintic, Rick Fischer, and Ron Alexander. But in the end, it was Huff who won the fair animals hand, err lips, in fan voting.

But just like many reality show matches, this romance was short lived. And just as quickly as the storm clouds gathered over the fair grounds following the contest, it was raining on this romance.

In the end, an embittered Huff said the romance was doomed from the beginning, hinting that the piglet only did it for the publicity. On Monday's Coffee Break on KMEM, he lamented the short relationship and vowed revenge on his fellow contestants.

The "Kiss the Pig" contest raised over $240 for the Scotland County University Outreach and Extension Office. Jars to vote for a contestant were placed at the Memphis Democrat office, the four Memphis banks, and at a booth at the fair. The winner was announced near the end of the Scotland County Fair's Demolition Derby on Saturday evening.

The proceeds from the contest will go to help fund several of the programs that Extension sponsors, such as 4-H and the Master Gardeners. It also sponsors the annual Farm/City Fest as well as puts on several educational classes in the area. The Extension office publishes several educational pamphlets and brochures dealing with everything from agriculture to proper methods of preparing food.

"On behalf of the Extension Council we would like to extend our appreciation to the six contestants for helping to make the 'Kiss the Pig' contest such a success," said Extension Council Chairman Bob Hunolt. "We really appreciate LeRoy being such a good sport and 'Miss Piggy' for lowering her standards."

Hunolt also praised KMEM and the Memphis Democrat for their support in publicizing the event.

"The local banks displaying the voting cans really helped," Hunolt said. "Special appreciation goes to the Scotland County Fair Board and Fire Department for allowing us to stage the event during the Saturday night Demolition Derby."

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