Sawyer Richardson, Vinita, Okla., showed the grand champion market barrow at the 2018 Inter-State Fair in Coffeyville. The thirteen-year-old boy showed three hogs at the fair. Photo by Ruth Nicolaus.

Vinita youth to miss first day of school to be at fair

By Ruth Nicolaus

Sawyer Richardson will be missing the first day of school on August 17, but he has a really good excuse.

The Vinita, Okla. boy will be at the junior livestock sale at the Inter-State Fair in Coffeyville with his grand champion market barrow.

Richardson, who is thirteen years old, showed the hog on Tuesday, August 14 in Coffeyville.

The barrow, whose name is Broskey, is a crossbred that weighs 240 lbs.

This is the sixth year that Richardson has shown livestock at the Inter-State Fair, and it’s not the only place he’s showed. He and his hogs have traveled this summer to shows in Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois. He had two other hogs to show in Coffeyville, a Yorkshire barrow and a spotted gilt.

He lives with his family on a cattle farm, but hogs are his favorite. “I like the work,” he said. “Without them I wouldn’t have much to do.” For his future career, he’d like to be involved with hogs, possibly in swine feed and nutrition.

In school, Richardson plays football, wrestles and runs track, and is excited to be involved in ag classes and FFA this fall. He is on the A-B honor roll.

And after his chores are done at the fair, he loves to hang out with friends, ride the rides, and eat fried pickles and root beer floats.

In addition to grand champion market barrow, Richardson won champion cross breed, champion Yorkshire, reserve champion Spotted Poland China gilt, and champion of the junior showmanship. 

He has an older brother, Skyler, and is the son of Joe and Meredith Richardson.

Judge for the hog shows was Jeremy Cantrell, Perkins, Oklahoma. Coordinator of the show was Charlie Cantrell. 


Swine Show Results

Market Barrow

Grand Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita, Okla.

Reserve grand champion: Cade Benson, Wann, Okla.




Champion: Cash Pollock-Fisher, Vinita

Reserve champion: Rhett Newby, Coffeyville



Champion: Andrew Stoner, Welch, Okla.

Reserve champion: Megan Hanigan, Oswego



Champion: Morgan Hanigan, Oswego

Reserve champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney



Champion: Addison Collier, Delaware, Okla.

Reserve champion: Lane Enyart, Vinita, Okla.


Spotted Poland China

Champion: Brittany Monroe, Edna

Reserve champion: Gauge Poe, Vinita



Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita

Reserve champion: Kalee Rhodes, Sedan



Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita

Reserve champion: Cade Benson, Wann


Breeding Stock

Grand Champion overall gilt: Brittney Monroe, Edna

Reserve champion overall gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney



Champion commercial gilt: Morgan Hannigan, Oswego

Reserve champion commercial gilt: Bentley Moss, Bluejacket, Okla.


Champion Berkshire gilt: Payton Carter, Sedan, Kan.

Reserve champion Berkshire gilt: Oakley Carter, Sedan


Champion Chester gilt: Brittney Monroe, Edna

Reserve champion Chester gilt: Andrew Stoner, Welch


Champion Duroc gilt: Cord Dodson, Liberty, Kan.

Reserve champion Duroc gilt: Taylor Allen, Independence, Kan.


Champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney

Reserve champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita


Champion Yorkshire gilt: Brittany Monroe, Edna

Reserve champion Yorkshire gilt: Delaney Pippin, South Coffeyville, Kan.


Champion All Other Breeds gilt: Jacob Tharp, Elk City, Kan.

Champion All Other Breeds boar: Melissa Tharp, Elk City, Kan.




Senior showmanship:

  1. Andrew Anderson, Caney, Kan.
  2. Maddie Gillman, Miami, Okla.
  3. Rhett Newby, Caney, Kan.
  4. Ryan Atherton, Caney, Kan.
  5. Brittney Monroe, Edna, Kan.


Junior showmanship:

  1. Sawyer Richardson, Vinita
  2. Lily Anderson, Caney
  3. Morgan Hannigan, Oswego
  4. Desiree Lee, Coffeyville
  5. Maggie McVey, Caney