PLANT CITY (FOX 13) - Some youth get a bad reputation for only being interested in cell phones and video games, but a group of Bay Area students are proving otherwise. They're raising pigs for competition at the Strawberry Festival.
The Mosaic Youth swine contest started in the 1980s. Organizers said, in years past, 100 to 150 students would enter the contest.
Now, more than 300 students enter their pigs for the competition each year and 80 of those are selected for the final show.
Judges look for muscle, weight and size to select the winners, but the young men and women all win an abundance of life lessons.
"It's fun to do because you get em as babies and you get to train them," one female entrant said.
"I like how you get 'em when they're about a month old, and then you raise 'em to almost 9-months-old, then bring them to the show and see how you do," a male entrant explained.
Organizers said the students all come from Hillsborough county. Age groups starts at 8-years-old and goes through seniors of high school.