Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dreams Do Come True!!-Part 1

This is the smile of one very happy boy. The Salem County Fair is a summer tradition of ours, and having your name randomly drawn to participate in the annual Pig Scramble is the hope and dream of many a child at the fair. The Pig Scramble, in case you don't know, is an event in which about twenty 7 and 8 year olds are put into an arena with about twenty piglets. At the caller's shout, every child dashes out in pursuit of a piglet. The piglet must be caught and held by the leg until a fair official relieves the child of the pig and declares him a winner.

In years past, scramblers were required to sack the piglet in a burlap bag and were given the option of keeping the pig itself as their prize. Times have changed and now winners receive a cash prize and a t-shirt. Still a lot of fun!

With his birthday just around the corner, E. knew that if his name was not finally chosen on this, the last night of the fair, his dream of winning the famous Salem County Pig Scramble would go unfulfilled. As a mom, I envisioned the counseling sessions spent in his adulthood trying to sort out those issues. SO. Imagine our delight when his name was posted on the fair office door one hour before the competition. Five of us were there to cheer him on and ice cream at Richman's on the way home was in order. So thankful for sweet summer memories!

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