Greased pig contest is family fun for all ages

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tribune photos by Clint Confehr Ronnie Ashworth gives it his all when catching greased pigs.

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

CANEY SPRINGS - The fire department being developed for this Marshall County community raised $1,600 on Saturday when greased pig contests provided family fun for all ages.

After winning the adult competition, Shawn Ashworth, 21, Chapel Hill, wasn't certain that he won because he was barefoot: "I may have gotten a better grip" on the mud that was made with a tiller a few days earlier.

Next year's competition may include a pig pen with deeper mud as another contestant who'd served as the announcer for the children's event commented, "It's rigged." His statement was in jest, and he claimed to have powerful steps with his shoes during other events.

"I'm able to climb a tree walking," Ronnie Ashworth, 28, also of Chapel Hill claimed. "I've done it twice before. Once was during a coon hunt when the dogs couldn't get him down. The first time was when a bull chased me up a tree."

Greased pig contests were proved to be events for all times as Elizabeth Haynes, 79, watched from her motorized wheelchair.

"When I was at the University of Tennessee, our sorority had a greased pig contest," Haynes said. "The ring wasn't as big or as messy as this, but I did catch a pig and I enjoyed it. It was in the 1950s."

The mother of two and grandmother of many has lived in Tennessee "off and on all my life," she said. She's been in Marshall County now for about 20 years.

That's more than twice the age of Kaitlyn Oakley, 9, of Santa Fe in Maury County.

"I didn't win anything," Oakley said of her round against Katlyn Dean, 12, of Columbia. "I didn't win anything. I won over her."

Finalists competed for a pizza of their choice at Knight's Pizza, host of the event.

As for her loss, Dean said, "It slipped out of my hand. I don't care. I had fun."

Meanwhile, Jameslynn Jones, 8, daughter of Kinnie and Laura Jones of Chapel Woods, conceded that she's a tomboy. Her mother explained Jameslynn's preparation for the event.

"We have a great Flemish rabbit that's the size of one of these pigs," Laura Jones said. "She chases it ...for the rest of this story pick up a copy of the Marshall County Tribune