LIHUE — Kiara Ruiz of the Kauai 4-H Livestock Club said her hog enjoyed the cleaning and wet rubdown.
The senior at Waimea High School was busy preparing her animals for the 4-H Livestock show which coincided with the opening of the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot.
“I was almost panicking,” said Sherwood Conant, a Kauai County Farm Bureau member. “I took a little nip from one of the peppers. Whoa! I was ready to go ask Roy Yamakawa for some help.”
Conant said he couldn’t comment on the peppers available for judging because he had some specimen in consideration.
The Best Pepper, labeled the hottest of the hot, honor was presented to Zong Ping Huang for her little green specimen which can be found in the offerings she makes at the county’s sunshine markets and the Kauai Community Market, a partnership between the Kauai County Farm Bureau and the Kauai Community College.
Runner-up honors for the peppers, this year’s special crop, went to Cullin Dana with the Wooten Family Farm getting the nod for third place honor.
The designation helped the Wooten Family Farm garner top honors in the fruit and vegetable judging where they topped the winnings with $650 followed by George Mukai with $380.
Zong Ping Huang finished third with $232 followed by Dennis Takahashi ($82) and Lin’s Farm ($72).
C. Marique Manera topped the Best Youth, or Coolest Kid, honors with a sampling of citrus followed by Mary Magoun and Adrian Smith.
Carol Kanna topped the Garden Island Orchid Society’s “Dog Days of Summer” orchid exhibit when her dendrobium D. Enobi Purple Splash earned Best in Show honors, her second such honor in as many shows.
“What are the odds of doing it twice in one year?” said Nancy Kanna, Carol’s daughter-in-law. “She only put out four entries for the fair.”
Estelle Furuiki was equally ecstatic at the Kauai Anthurium Society exhibit where her “Lehua Red” specimen was judged Best in Show, her husband Raymond earning the award during last year’s fair.
“I don’t know,” she said. “We didn’t have that many flowers this year because of the weather. I thought maybe the obake was going to do it, but it ended with a blue ribbon.”
Family Fun Sunday, hosted by the Garden Island Federal Credit Union, features discounts throughout the day with free admission after 6 p.m.
Sam Choy opens the gates with a demonstration at noon followed by New Hope Kauai hosting a Sunday service. The GIFCU Blackout Bingo, dance exhibitions by the KUGA and Excel Dance Studio, Greg Gabaylo, First Cut Rock Bank, and the Memphis Ukulele Band round out the day’s entertainment lineup.
Games, rides, and food will be available until 11 p.m.
Patrons also have a final look at the exhibits which are scheduled to close at 3 p.m. The commercial booths close at 5 p.m.