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Family fun at the fair

Eva Weiss, 4, rides the carousel Friday at the Kane County Fair.
Eva Weiss, 4, rides the carousel Friday at the Kane County Fair.

ST. CHARLES – Jordyn Glisson now knows what it is like to pet a pot-bellied pig.

The 5-year-old Batavia resident cuddled with the 6-week-old pig at the Kane County Fair on Friday.

"It was very soft," said Jordyn, who also got her picture taken with Swifty the pig.

Swifty was part of the Swifty Swine pig races, one of the popular attractions at the fair. The pigs race around a track for the prize of an Oreo cookie.

However, Swifty is still too young to start racing, said Shannon Johnson. Her husband, Zach Johnson, owns the Missouri-based Swifty Swine Productions.

"In about two to three weeks, she'll start racing," she said.

This is the 12th year the pigs have been showing off their athletic skills at the fair, and they always attract a crowd.

Zach Johnson thinks he knows why.

"It's something you can't see every day," he said. "If you miss it, you have to wait a year."

Johnson thinks it's the best job in the world.

"I get to tour around the country with my family and bring laughter to kids," he said.

For Cadi Glisson, who brought her family to the fair, going to the Kane County Fair is a tradition.

"I have been going since I was a kid," she said.

There are plenty of animal attractions at the Kane County Fair, which will run through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Randall Road in St. Charles between Routes 64 and 38.

Admission to the fair is $5 for those ages 5 and older, which includes entry to free entertainment such as the Swifty Swine pig races, a petting zoo, live elephant tricks and rides and a magic show.

Stephanie O'Malley, 10, of Elk Grove Village, on Friday had a face-to-face encounter with Cora, a 9,000-pound Asian elephant.

During an elephant show, she got to hold a plastic trumpet up to Cora's trunk as she bleated out some notes.

"She's pretty big," said Stephanie, who also got to pet Cora. "She's rough on the trunk and really hairy."


Grandstand events:

• Saturday – Big Hat Rodeo at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission $5 at 2 p.m. and $10 at 7 p.m.

• Sunday – Demolition Derby at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission $5 at 2 p.m. and $10 at 7 p.m. The fire-breathing, car-eating Megasaurus will be featured as part of the truck pull and demolition derby.

Information: www.kanecountyfair.com

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