Girl, 5, Is Top Hog Caller, Again

July 14, 1994|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer

An article in The Sun yesterday about a hog-calling contest reported incorrectly the name of Jeff Bowman, father of winner Andria Bowman.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Five-year-old Andria Bowman isn't satisfied with being the two-time Baltimore junior hog-calling champion.

She is already looking ahead to a three-peat.

"I'll be back next year," Andria said, precariously balancing a gold crown on top of her head as she proudly showed off a trophy more than half her size.

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With shouts of "woooo, pig, sooie," "here piggy, piggy" and even an occasional "pig, get your little rump over here," Andria and 35 other children ages 2 1/2 to the mid-teens competed in the city's 19th annual hog-calling contest yesterday afternoon at the Broadway Market Square in Fells Point.

Also displaying their hog-calling skills were 12 men and women who sought the adult title in the event sponsored by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and the Milton Bradley Co., which is in the midst of a nationwide promotional tour for a new pig-related game.

WMAR-TV's Tony Pagnotti captured the adult crown after nine years of participating in the contest with his unique "rap" version of a hog call, appropriately titled the "hog hop."

Despite a few cases of stage fright in the children's division, most entrants -- particularly some of the younger ones -- managed to shout out their own unique hog calls so they could be heard throughout the square, even attracting the two 12-week-old pigs on display to come to the side of their pen.

"I just told her to get out there and let them know she's up there," said Tom Bowman, revealing one of the secrets of his daughter Andria's success. "A lot of the young ones, including Andria, really yelled it out."

Second-place winner Marissa Feliciano, 5, said she had perfected her technique to get ready and was happy but not satisfied with her finish after entering the contest for the first time.

"One day I want first place," Marissa said after receiving her trophy. "I was the bestest. I'll come back to try next year."

While the parents of the children cheered and proudly snapped photos, the same was not always true for the families of the adult entrants.

"Every year I compete, my husband disowns me," said second-place winner Bessie Fite, who was wearing a pig T-shirt. "He says, 'That's not my wife up there.' "

But, Mrs. Fite said, her 14 years of experience in the contest -- including a victory in 1984 and three prior second-place finishes -- has paid off.

"I went to a farm and I tried to call the pigs once, and they actually came," she said. "My call really works."

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