One lucky local veterinarian will have the opportunity to kiss a pig at the Clallam County Fair - courtesy of the 4-H Leaders' Council.
Last year's "winner" and current spokesman Dr. Brian Marts will cheer on the new winner and give advice in the challenge of actually kissing the pig.
Participating veterinarians will have piggy banks in their offices to accept donations in their names. Several businesses in Port Angeles and Sequim also will have display boards to allow people to vote for your favorite veterinarian.
The "winner" -- the vet with the most money donated in his or her name - gets to kiss the pig in the fair's swine/sheep arena at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.
Money that is raised will fund year-end awards, scholarships to graduating seniors ($1,000 last year) and help with costs of out-of-area 4-H teen events. More than 800 county youths participate in 4-H through traditional clubs and afterschool programs.
Previous winners: first year, Dr. Bob Mowbray; second year, Dr. Sandra Smith; third year, Dr. Cheryl Adaska; fourth year, Dr. Dennis Wilcox; fifth year, Dr. Sandra Smith; sixth year, Dr. Marna Hall; seventh year, Dr. Sandra Smith; eighth year, Dr. Brian Marts.
Veterinarians participating this year are:
_ Dr. Maya Bewig, Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St.
_ Dr. Jennifer Tavares, Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St.
_ Dr. Mike Tyler, Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St.
_ Dr. Heather Short, Sequim Animal Hospital, 202 N. Seventh Ave.
_ Dr. Melissa Smith, Country Care Vet Service, 51 Valley Center Place
_ Dr. Erick Splawn, Happy Valley Veterinary Services
_ Dr. Linda Allen, Pacific Northwest Veterinary Hospital, 289 W. Bell St.
_ Dr. Carmen Czachor, Family Veterinary Clinic, 3217 E. Mahogany St.
_ Dr. Sharon Jensen, Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 2972 Old Olympic Highway
_ Dr. Meg Gordon, Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 2972 Old Olympic Highway
_ Dr. Jack Thornton, Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 2972 Old Olympic Highway
_ Dr. Dennis Wilcox, Angeles Clinic for Animals, 160 Del Guzzi Drive
_ Dr. Andi Thomson, Angeles Clinic for Animals, 160 Del Guzzi Drive
_ Dr. Sandra Smith, Northwest Wilderness Veterinary Service
_ Dr. Ed Feldewert, Forks Animal Hospital, 410 Bogachiel Way
Kiss the Pig display boards taking donations for all the veterinarians are located at the Co-op Farm & Garden Center, 216 E. Washington St.; Sunny Farms Farm Store, 261461 U.S. Highway 101; and Del's Feed and Farm Supply, 990 E. Washington St., all in Sequim.
Also, Airport Garden Center, 2200 W. Edgewood Drive; Hartnagel's, 3111 Highway 101 East; and Leitz Farms Inc., 173 Mount Pleasant Road, both in Port Angeles.
Donations also are being accepted by mail - write a check to Clallam County 4-H Leaders' Council, give the name of the veterinarian receiving your vote, and send to G.P. Taylor, 2103 W. Eighth St. Port Angeles, WA 98363-1623.
For more information, call Gayle Taylor at 452-2925.
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