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Dickerson, Beard garner swine show honors
Tommy Long, serving as a clown, shakes hands with judge Rick Wheeler at the conclusion of Wednesday's Effingham County Fair Swine Show. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD -- The number of pigs was low but the quality was high at Wednesday's Effingham County Fair Swine Show.

Colby Beard and Josh Dickerson were the lone contestants, showing a combined eight animals.

Beard pigs swept the breeding gilt classes, winning grand champion and reserve champion.

Dickerson broke through in the market hog class as his lone entry was named grand champion. Beard's only pig in the class was dubbed reserve champion.

The contest was judged by Ricky Wheeler of Aline.