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Kyle Bean impressive in 1st year of swine showing
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Kyle Bean, 19, spent his final year in 4-H at San Joaquin AgFest, scoring big with his prize swine Piggy Azalea. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

All good things must pass.

For Kyle Bean, his good thing for the past 10 years was showing livestock at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds.

At San Joaquin AgFest on Friday, the Calla 4-H Club member concluded a spectacular showing during these past few days.

His prize swine “Piggy Azalea” – not to be confused with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea – took first place in Market, first in Advanced Showmanship, first in Champion Showmanship (age 14 and up category) and was the Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship.

Not bad for someone who is relatively new to livestock showmanship.

Showmanship is judged on how well the animal responds to the directions of its handler, according to Bean. He noted that Piggy Azalea had a mind of its own.

Yet the swine had no problems heeding to the commands of its owner.

“I watched others doing showmanship and took notes,” said Bean, who had his swine in competition in a field of 126.

He also had to face off against his 15-year-old brother Brandon in one of the showmanship events. “That’s something I’ll never forget,” said Kyle Bean, who is a 2014 graduate of East Union High and currently attending Delta College.

He’s working on his general education and is looking towards getting a degree in Ag Business at either Chico State or Fresno State.

Bean also works part-time at Bob Cat Central, Inc. in Stockton.

He’s enjoyed his experience with the Calla 4-H Club, where his 13-year-old sister Katelin is also involved. She had her farm animal wearing a tutu and dressed like a ballet dancer during the previous day’s costume party.

In addition, this was Kyle Bean’s first year of showing swine. He spent seven years raising sheep, and one year each in steer and pig.

He’s also looking forward to the auction.

Bean is hoping then that Piggy Azalea will fetch another big payoff.