National Peanut Festival Greased Pig and Calf Scramble sets up bright futures

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - It was a stampede of cows and pigs at the National Peanut Festival Monday night.

The annual Greased Pig and Calf scramble put Wiregrass high schoolers’ abilities to the test.

Forty teenagers went scrambling their way across an arena anxious to tie up their own calf or pig.

Twenty go after calves, and twenty go after pigs, but only half in each contest will catch one.

The calf and greased pig scramble is an annual scene at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds - one that Trinity Bookout is used to.

Bookout was able to catch her calf, Bubbles, during the scramble last year.

As it turns out, catching Bubbles was the easy part.

"It took a lot of patience to get her to where she is today, to where I could brush her, walk behind her and to where she could trust me,” said Bookout.

The winners, like Trinity, take the calf home with them for a year, raise it and write reports about its progress.

Then, they bring them to compete in the show category at the next peanut festival.

"I kept thinking, 'They're going to win. I'm not going to stand a chance.' When I got in there, I just gave it my best,” said Bookout. “It felt like I was on cloud nine whenever they announced I won first place."

To her surprise, the calf scramble has played a pretty big part in shaping trinity's future.

"I actually want to be a large animal vet when I get older,” said Bookout. “I am using the scholarship I got from the calf scramble to go to Judson College on a pre-vet major."

Trinity will continue to hone her animal care craft because she was able to catch a pig at this year's scramble.

Trinity won a $5,000 scholarship from the National Peanut Festival for having the best show calf.

The 10 participants that managed to wrangle a calf Monday night will compete for that same scholarship next year.