By Jake Voorhees
One of the most exciting events from the Colusa County Fair this year was a fundraiser called “Kiss the Pig.” The goal of the fundraiser was simple: raise the most money so that you would not have to pucker up and kiss a pig wearing lipstick. This event created quite a buzz around the county and the fairgrounds the days before it took place. The people participating in the fundraiser were calling everyone that they knew to try and sell tickets to raise money to ensure that they would not be the one kissing the pig at the end of the night. However, some people wanted to see certain contestants have to kiss the pig, so they would purposefully not buy tickets from that person but buy them from one of their competitors to make sure that the person they wanted to see kiss the pig had a much better chance of doing so.
Six teams competed in the event, and all of them wanted to avoid kissing Henry, a pet from Ottenwalter Farms. Six teams entered the corral that was used to show pigs just a few days before, and each team was sorted out until team five was announced the winner, with team members Joe Kalfsbeak, Matt LaGrande, and Don Traynham. That meant that the other five groups had to get up close and personal with Henry, at the kissing booth. Five teams were left covered with pink lipstick from Henry. Even the people covered in lipstick went home happy because the event was supposed to try to raise about 20,000 dollars and brought in north of 40,000 dollars. It was just amazing to see members of the county come together to raise money for the fair and to keep supporting agriculture at the Colusa County Fair.
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