Swine Show Handlers and My Grandfather at the Fair

Lincoln Illinois Fair

My paternal grandfather Floyd M. Hendricks is the man in the middle with the microphone in hand. Perhaps he is congratulating the man with the prize winning pig. The men on either side have been showing their swine based upon the canes they hold.

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Steer your hog out of corners and away from crowds. A cane makes an excellent steering device.


Make all your moves slowly, smoothly and naturally.


Don’t turn the pig sharply; let it walk naturally. Be on the lookout for trouble from unruly hogs in the ring and try to avoid the area they are in.


A nervous, jumpy show person makes a nervous and jumpy hog.


Never put your hands on the animals back when in the ring. However, you may use your hand to help turn an uncooperative pig.


A soft push from your hand is more desirable and easier than another tap of the show cane.

My grandfather in the hat holding the microphone

1943 Lincoln, Illinois Throwback Thursday

My sister Mary is the baby being held by our Grandmother Mary Alta Hendricks and Grandfather Floyd Merle Hendricks on the far right (our father’s parents)
Our mother Marian Van Sickle Hendricks on the far left and then our Great Grandmother Rosa Kerr (Mother of Mary Alta) standing next to our mom
town of Lincoln, Illinois 1943