TORRINGTON – Goshen County youth continue to put the area on the map, and Torrington’s Paige Miller is doing her part. Earlier this month, the local teen exhibited the Grand Champion barrow at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa – a feat never before accomplished by a Wyoming resident and with a breed never before named overall champion.
Miller, who will begin her junior year at Torrington High School this fall, has showed animals – including pigs, cattle and, at one point, goats – for eight years.
“I show at the Goshen County Fair, Wyoming State Fair, big national shows, Colorado jackpot circuits – that’s where I started showing,” Miller said. “In the early spring, the weekends that Colorado doesn’t have a show, my dad and I will load up the truck and go to Iowa, even as far as Indiana sometimes (to shows). You meet a lot of people and they have respect for you to go that far to show your hogs.
“My favorite part when you go to the shows are the connections you make – the people you meet and the lifelong memories,” she added.
Miller has competed in the World Pork Expo four times. She’s earned third overall crossbred barrow, and showed plenty of class winners and division placers, even receiving third overall Landrace barrow in addition to her grand champion Chester this year.