Iowa has roughly 20 million hogs, but none of them outweigh Reggie.
The hog from Indiana on Thursday became the first from outside Iowa to win the 37-year-old Big Boar contest on the opening day of the state fair in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register reports Reggie weighed in at 1,335 pounds, easily topping the heftiest Iowa hog. That was Buddy, a Postville hog that weighed 1,128 pounds. Third place went to Fred Hoiboar, a 1,079-pound hog named after Iowa State University basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.
Reggie, which won the 2011 Indiana State Fair’s “World’s Largest Male Hog” contest, also took the all-time Iowa State Fair record that had been held by 2008 champ and 1,246 pounder Freight Train.
Swine Barn manager Ernie Barnes said he doesn’t mind that a hog from outside the state won the blue ribbon in the Iowa competition.
“Iowa is welcome to everybody,” Barnes said.
Rick Stockdale, an Indiana state trooper who raised Reggie outside Austin, Ind., noted Iowa’s status as the nation’s top hog producer after winning top honors.
“It’s a thrill and an honor to win in the capital of hogs,” Stockdale said.
Stockdale said his hog actually was heavier earlier this year, reaching 1,400 pounds. But even a slimmed-down Reggie had no trouble winning the Iowa competition.