Online registration opens Jan. 10 for the ninth-annual Swine Spectacular at the Hansen Agriculture Learning Center in Ames.

Swine Spectacular starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The annual pork education event, for youth ages 8 to 18, is being held in conjunction with the Iowa State University Block & Bridle Club’s Spring Market Hog Show. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and compete throughout the morning to win various prizes.

Attendees can earn points in the following ways:

  • photo and essay entries (optional, due Feb. 16 for judging prior to the event). Guidelines below.
  • swine judging.
  • contests.
  • workshops.

Points from events will be tallied up, with awards presented at the end.

More information:


Congratulations to our 2021 Swine Spectacular Winners!

Sweepstakes – Senior division
Sweepstakes – Intermediate division
Sweepstakes – Junior division