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BVSFO1SJEFTBZTUIFLFZUPTVDDFTTGVM auren Pride says the key to successful pig racing is to really get to know your QJHSBDJOHJTUPSFBMMZHFUUPLOPXZPVS QJH PigSince early August, 9-year-old Lauren 4JODFFBSMZ"VHVTU ZFBSPME-BVSFO has been getting to know a young pig IBTCFFOHFUUJOHUPLOPXBZPVOHQJH named Matt. She talks to him, spends OBNFE.BUU4IFUBMLTUPIJN TQFOET time in his pen, takes him on walks (on a UJNFJOIJTQFO UBLFTIJNPOXBMLT POB leash) and plays hide and seek with him. MFBTI BOEQMBZTIJEFBOETFFLXJUIIJN And perhaps most importantly, she's "OEQFSIBQTNPTUJNQPSUBOUMZ TIFT been letting him taste a wide array of CFFOMFUUJOHIJNUBTUFBXJEFBSSBZPG treats to see what will USFBUTUPTFFXIBUXJMM make him move fastest NBLFIJNNPWFGBTUFTU when it comes to race XIFOJUDPNFTUPSBDF time Sunday at the UJNF4VOEBZBUUIF Cumberland County $VNCFSMBOE$PVOUZ Fair. 'BJS "He hates vanilla wai)FIBUFTWBOJMMBXB fers. But Andwhat I tried brocGFST"OE*USJFECSPD coli he reall DPMJ#VUXIBUIFSFBMMZ likes are Pop Tarts," MJLFTBSF1PQ5BSUT w sa TBJE-BVSFO Off RPrlt id Lauren. But what kind of Pop #VUXIBULJOEPG1PQ Tarts? 5BSUT "Any kind. He's a pig - what do you i"OZLJOE)FTBQJHoXIBUEPZPV expect?"w FYQFDU Lauren, who lives in Limington, has -BVSFO XIPMJWFTJO-JNJOHUPO IBT been racing pigs yearly at the fair since CFFOSBDJOHQJHTZFBSMZBUUIFGBJSTJODF she was 5 as part of the Cumberland TIFXBTBTQBSUPGUIF$VNCFSMBOE County Swiners 4-H Club. It's a program $PVOUZ4XJOFST)$MVC*UTBQSPHSBN designed to let young children get some EFTJHOFEUPMFUZPVOHDIJMESFOHFUTPNF exposure raising a piglet - given to them FYQPTVSFSBJTJOHBQJHMFUoHJWFOUPUIFN by the Cumberland Farmer's Club for a CZUIF$VNCFSMBOE'BSNFST$MVCGPSB couple of months - until they're about 30 DPVQMFPGNPOUIToVOUJMUIFZSFBCPVU pounds. When they're older, the children QPVOET8IFOUIFZSFPMEFS UIFDIJMESFO can graduate to raising a piglet until it's DBOHSBEVBUFUPSBJTJOHBQJHMFUVOUJMJUT full grown and ready for market. GVMMHSPXOBOESFBEZGPSNBSLFU The program lets the kids get to know 5IFQSPHSBNMFUTUIFLJETHFUUPLOPX their pigs without having to worry about UIFJSQJHTXJUIPVUIBWJOHUPXPSSZBCPVU the cute little oinker becoming a 200UIFDVUFMJUUMFPJOLFSCFDPNJOHB pound market hog. QPVOENBSLFUIPH And the culmination of the Swiners "OEUIFDVMNJOBUJPOPGUIF4XJOFST club program is the racing at the fair, DMVCQSPHSBNJTUIFSBDJOHBUUIFGBJS  where children sit on a chair at one end XIFSFDIJMESFOTJUPOBDIBJSBUPOFFOE of the arena, call their pigs and offer up PGUIFBSFOB DBMMUIFJSQJHTBOEPGGFSVQ anything they can think of to make them BOZUIJOHUIFZDBOUIJOLPGUPNBLFUIFN motor to the finish line. Racing incentives NPUPSUPUIFmOJTIMJOF3BDJOHJODFOUJWFT range from peanut butter and jelly to carSBOHFGSPNQFBOVUCVUUFSBOEKFMMZUPDBS rots, Oreos, hot dogs, and, of course, Pop SPUT 0SFPT IPUEPHT BOE PGDPVSTF 1PQ Tarts. 5BSUT The pigs will be racing every day at this 5IFQJHTXJMMCFSBDJOHFWFSZEBZBUUIJT year's 141st Cumberland County Fair, ZFBSTTU$VNCFSMBOE$PVOUZ'BJS  which will be held Sunday through Sept. XIJDIXJMMCFIFME4VOEBZUISPVHI4FQU 29. There will also be harness racing at 5IFSFXJMMBMTPCFIBSOFTTSBDJOHBU the fairgrounds on Sept. 30, the day exhibUIFGBJSHSPVOETPO4FQU UIFEBZFYIJC its will be taken down. JUTXJMMCFUBLFOEPXO The fair will also include a midway with 5IFGBJSXJMMBMTPJODMVEFBNJEXBZXJUI rides, games and food, and lots of liveSJEFT HBNFTBOEGPPE BOEMPUTPGMJWF stock displays and competitions. Some of TUPDLEJTQMBZTBOEDPNQFUJUJPOT4PNFPG the highlights this year include comedian UIFIJHIMJHIUTUIJTZFBSJODMVEFDPNFEJBO Bob Marley performing on Sunday night, #PC.BSMFZQFSGPSNJOHPO4VOEBZOJHIU 

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when you first try to handle them," said XIFOZPVmSTUUSZUPIBOEMFUIFN wTBJE Lauren's mom, Kathleen Pride. "But in -BVSFOTNPN ,BUIMFFO1SJEFi#VUJO three days, Lauren teaches her pig to UISFFEBZT -BVSFOUFBDIFTIFSQJHUP come to her." DPNFUPIFSw Lauren says training piglets is a delicate -BVSFOTBZTUSBJOJOHQJHMFUTJTBEFMJDBUF process. She spends time with them, but QSPDFTT4IFTQFOETUJNFXJUIUIFN CVU she's careful not to spend too much time, TIFTDBSFGVMOPUUPTQFOEUPPNVDIUJNF  because that can scare them. CFDBVTFUIBUDBOTDBSFUIFN With Matt, Lauren first got him used to 8JUI.BUU -BVSFOmSTUHPUIJNVTFEUP her coming into his pen. Then she had IFSDPNJOHJOUPIJTQFO5IFOTIFIBE him follow her around the pen, then the IJNGPMMPXIFSBSPVOEUIFQFO UIFOUIF family barn. GBNJMZCBSO She began playing hide and seek with 4IFCFHBOQMBZJOHIJEFBOETFFLXJUI him, all the time knowing that the more IJN BMMUIFUJNFLOPXJOHUIBUUIFNPSF he got used to following her and coming IFHPUVTFEUPGPMMPXJOHIFSBOEDPNJOH to her call, the better he'd react when she UPIFSDBMM UIFCFUUFSIFESFBDUXIFOTIF called his name during the pig races. She DBMMFEIJTOBNFEVSJOHUIFQJHSBDFT4IF the demolition derby and the Don Camp- FWFOIBTPUIFSGBNJMZNFNCFSTDBMMIJN  even has other family members call him, UIFEFNPMJUJPOEFSCZBOEUIF%PO$BNQ bell Band on Wednesday night, and giant VTJOHEJGGFSFOUOBNFT TPTIFDPVMEUFMMJG using different names, so she could tell if CFMM#BOEPO8FEOFTEBZOJHIU BOEHJBOU pumpkins on display throughout. Matt was responding to his name and to .BUUXBTSFTQPOEJOHUPIJTOBNFBOEUP QVNQLJOTPOEJTQMBZUISPVHIPVU And of course, the pig races, which draw IFSWPJDF her voice. "OEPGDPVSTF UIFQJHSBDFT XIJDIESBX quite a crowd. "Now I can hide anywhere, and he finds i/PX*DBOIJEFBOZXIFSF BOEIFmOET RVJUFBDSPXE For those of you not familiar with piglets, NF wTBJE-BVSFOi5PXJOUIFSBDF ZPV me," said Lauren. "To win the race, you 'PSUIPTFPGZPVOPUGBNJMJBSXJUIQJHMFUT  they are not exactly born to race. They have to be super attached to your pig and IBWFUPCFTVQFSBUUBDIFEUPZPVSQJHBOE UIFZBSFOPUFYBDUMZCPSOUPSBDF5IFZ sort of have a mind of their own. have them be super attached to you." IBWFUIFNCFTVQFSBUUBDIFEUPZPVw TPSUPGIBWFBNJOEPGUIFJSPXO "These are not friendly little pigs when Does that make it hard when the race is %PFTUIBUNBLFJUIBSEXIFOUIFSBDFJT i5IFTFBSFOPUGSJFOEMZMJUUMFQJHTXIFO you get them. They scream and run away PWFS over?"OEUIFQJHTBSFBMMTPMEUPGBSNFST And the pigs are all sold to farmers? ZPVHFUUIFN5IFZTDSFBNBOESVOBXBZ

PIG RACES AT THE >75@/13A/BB63 CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR 1C;03@:/<21=C<BG4/7@ WHEN: 12:15 and 6 p.m. Sunday; E63<( (#O\R$^[Ac\ROg) 6:30 p.m. Monday through $(!^[;]\ROgbV`]cUV Sept. 28; p.m. Sept. 29. The fair AS^b &)12:30 (!^[AS^b 'BVSTOW` runs 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through `c\a'O[b]^[Ac\ROgbV`]cUV Sept. 29. AS^b ' WHERE: Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 E63@3(1c[PS`ZO\R4OW`U`]c\Ra'% Blanchard Road, Cumberland 0ZO\QVO`R@]OR1c[PS`ZO\R HOW MUCH: Fair admission is $9 for 6=E;C16(4OW`OR[WaaW]\Wa'T]` adults, $3 for seniors on Tuesday and ORcZba!T]`aS\W]`a]\BcSaROgO\R Sept. 27, and free for ages 12O\R and AS^b %O\RT`SST]`OUSa under c\RS` INFO/FAIR SCHEDULE: 7<4=4/7@A1632C:3(Qc[PS`ZO\RTOW`Q][



"Counterpoint III," "Here from There" and h#OUNTERPOINT))) vh(EREFROM4HEREvAND "Intercept," paintings, sculpture and works on h)NTERCEPT vPAINTINGS SCULPTUREANDWORKSON paper, through Saturday, PAPER THROUGH3ATURDAYCMCANOWORG College of the Atlantic (Ethel H. Blum Gallery), #OLLEGEOFTHE!TLANTIC%THEL("LUM'ALLERY Continued from Page E32 :fek`el\[]ifd>OUS3! Bar Harbor: "Turkish Delights, Buddhas, and "AR(ARBORh4URKISH$ELIGHTS "UDDHAS AND Veils," photographs from the Mideast and Far East 6EILS vPHOTOGRAPHSFROMTHE-IDEASTAND&AR%AST by Megan Chase, through Sunday. 338-0555 by Clare Stone, through Friday. 288-5015 BY-EGAN#HASE THROUGH3UNDAY  BY#LARE3TONE THROUGH&RIDAY  Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: Mark Bell and Cathy Haynes Galleries, Thomaston: Peter !ARHUS'ALLERY "ELFAST-ARK"ELLAND#ATHY (AYNES'ALLERIES 4HOMASTON0ETER Melio, pottery and printmaking, through Sept. 30. 0OSKAS h3UMMER,IGHTS vTHROUGH3EPT Poskas, "Summer Lights," through Sept. 29. -ELIO POTTERYANDPRINTMAKING THROUGH3EPT AARHUSGALLERYCOM HAYNESGALLERIESCOM Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor: Frederick Lynch ,YCEUM'ALLERY ,EWISTONh"LACKAND Lyceum Gallery, Lewiston: "Black and ,ITTLElELD'ALLERY 7INTER(ARBOR&REDERICK,YNCH and James Linehan, "Geometry Meets Nature," White," works by 19 artists, through Friday. AND*AMES,INEHAN h'EOMETRY-EETS.ATURE v 7HITE vWORKSBYARTISTS THROUGH&RIDAY through Oct. 15. THROUGH/CTLITTLElELDGALLERYCOM LYCEUMGALLERYCOM Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport: Lajos Matolcsy Arts Gallery, Norway: Gail Rein, #ENTERFOR-AINE#ONTEMPORARY!RT 2OCKPORT ,AJOS-ATOLCSY!RTS'ALLERY .ORWAY'AIL2EIN


Irina Kahn and Suzanne Hardy, "Points of View," )RINA+AHNAND3UZANNE(ARDY h0OINTSOF6IEW v through Sept. 30. THROUGH3EPTWESTERNMAINEARTGROUPORG Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle: "Continuing 4URTLE'ALLERY $EER)SLEh#ONTINUING Connections: New and Old All Media," orchard #ONNECTIONS.EWAND/LDn!LL-EDIA vORCHARD photographs by Michael Alpert, through Oct. 13. PHOTOGRAPHSBY-ICHAEL!LPERT THROUGH/CT TURTLEGALLERYCOM Savory Maine, Damariscotta: "Places of the 3AVORY-AINE $AMARISCOTTAh0LACESOFTHE Heart: From the Caribbean to Maine and Italy," (EART&ROMTHE#ARIBBEANTO-AINEAND)TALY v oil paintings by Cheryl Blaydon, through Oct. 2. OILPAINTINGSBY#HERYL"LAYDON THROUGH/CT SAVORYMAINEDININGCOM Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham: "Three -ERRYMEETING!RTS#ENTER "OWDOINHAMh4HREE Town Artists," Carlo Pittore, Bryce Muir and Carter 4OWN!RTISTS v#ARLO0ITTORE "RYCE-UIRAND#ARTER Smith, through Sunday, 3MITH THROUGH3UNDAYMERRYMEETINGARTSCENTERORG Yvette Torres Fine Art, Rockland: John Urbain, 9VETTE4ORRES&INE!RT 2OCKLAND*OHN5RBAIN

"It's super hard, because I love my pigs i*UTTVQFSIBSE CFDBVTF*MPWFNZQJHT so much," she said. TPNVDI wTIFTBJE Lauren's love for pigs helped her win the -BVSFOTMPWFGPSQJHTIFMQFEIFSXJOUIF week of racing last year at Cumberland XFFLPGSBDJOHMBTUZFBSBU$VNCFSMBOE County Fair. Races are held all week long, $PVOUZ'BJS3BDFTBSFIFMEBMMXFFLMPOH  usually four pigs at a time. Points are VTVBMMZGPVSQJHTBUBUJNF1PJOUTBSF given for each place in a race, then added HJWFOGPSFBDIQMBDFJOBSBDF UIFOBEEFE up at the end of the week. VQBUUIFFOEPGUIFXFFL This year is Lauren's last year of racing, 5IJTZFBSJT-BVSFOTMBTUZFBSPGSBDJOH  because 9 is the age limit. CFDBVTFJTUIFBHFMJNJU She's also raising a heifer. But it can't 4IFTBMTPSBJTJOHBIFJGFS#VUJUDBOU be quite the same, can it?"GUFSBMM DPXT After all, cows CFRVJUFUIFTBNF DBOJU don't come when you call them. EPOUDPNFXIFOZPVDBMMUIFN "If I start training her from the begini*G*TUBSUUSBJOJOHIFSGSPNUIFCFHJO ning, I can get her to do it," said Lauren. OJOH *DBOHFUIFSUPEPJU wTBJE-BVSFO "You can do it with any animal if you get i:PVDBOEPJUXJUIBOZBOJNBMJGZPVHFU to know them." UPLOPXUIFNw So if you see the pig races this year, 4PJGZPVTFFUIFQJHSBDFTUIJTZFBS  don't think of them as just pure athletic EPOUUIJOLPGUIFNBTKVTUQVSFBUIMFUJD competition. DPNQFUJUJPO Think of them as a way for youngsters to 5IJOLPGUIFNBTBXBZGPSZPVOHTUFSTUP really get to know their pigs. SFBMMZHFUUPLOPXUIFJSQJHT Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be AbOTTE`WbS`@Og@]cbVWS`QO\PS contacted at 791-6454 or at: Q]\bOQbSROb%'$"#"]`Ob( rrouthier@pressherald. com ``]cbVWS`.^`SaaVS`OZRQ][ Twitter: RayRouthier BeWbbS`(@Og@]cbVWS`

"No Ideas But in Things," through Oct. 14. h.O)DEAS"UTIN4HINGS vTHROUGH/CT 332-4014.   Art Space Gallery, Rockland: Work by !RT3PACE'ALLERY 2OCKLAND7ORKBY Audrey Bechler, Jill Caldwell, Laurie Lofman !UDREY"ECHLER *ILL#ALDWELL ,AURIE,OFMAN Bellmore and Joan Wright, through Sept. 30. "ELLMOREAND*OAN7RIGHT THROUGH3EPT ARTSPACEMAINECOM CRAFT Gallery, Rockland: Joe Hemes, #2!&4'ALLERY 2OCKLAND*OE(EMES "Illumination," handcrafted lighting sculpture, h)LLUMINATION vHANDCRAFTEDLIGHTINGSCULPTURE through Sunday; Jesse Gillespie, "Uncommon THROUGH3UNDAY*ESSE'ILLESPIE h5NCOMMON Beauty," through Nov. 5. "EAUTY vTHROUGH.OVCRAFTONELMCOM University of Maine (Blake Library), Fort Kent: 5NIVERSITYOF-AINE"LAKE,IBRARY &ORT+ENT William Lloyd Duncan, "Specifically Saint John: 7ILLIAM,LOYD$UNCAN h3PECIlCALLY3AINT*OHN Views Across the Upper River Watershed," 6IEWS!CROSSTHE5PPER2IVER7ATERSHED v through Sept. 28. 834-7527. THROUGH3EPT 

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