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Folks 'go wild' for Wild Hog Explosion

Special to the Courier

It started off a little "iffy" with the weather threatening a much-needed rain but it did not take long for the 12th Annual Wild Hog Explosion to get "wild!"
Texas Monthly magazine named The Wild Hog Explosion the "Number One Best out of Six Top Events to See in Texas Spring Break Weekend" - and they came to see it! Great crowd, great weather, great food and great fun was had at the annual event that benefits the Bandera County Library.
The day featured lots of winners, too! Big winner of the Bicycle Rodeo, sponsored by R&S Dairy Queen, and hosted by the Bandera Boys and Girls Club, was Ethan Steiner from Manchaca. The best part of that story is his brother won the bike last year!
Bandera Deputy Marshal Chris Flores coordinated the event, along with Officer Jack Ball, the bike patrol from the San Antonio Police Department and Officer Andrew Adam IV from the Floresville Police Department's Bike Patrol.
These officers provided a bicycle safety check and offered safety tips to all the children.
The next big prize was $1,000 to the winner of the Bacon Bingo competition, sponsored by Church's Chicken and Cedar Creek Rehabilitation.
The winner was determined by our celebrity Hog "Wilbur" from Country Accents Antiques when he placed his mark on the winning square. However, since Wilbur was more interested in getting out of the rain, a winning ticket was drawn with the prize going to Kim West from Houston.
Then it was "Katy Bar the Door" as the 12th annual Wild Hog Catch began with about 100 really enthusiastic children from ages three to eight years and about 80 little wild hogs in the Runts, Piglets and Porkers, and Shoats divisions of the Wild Hog Catch! Following the little ones was the Light Weight Division of children ages 10 to 15 years, who were paired up with some nice lightweight hogs.
The winners included Grand Champions Rory Bomer and Liberty Bomer from Tarpley, with Reserve Championship going to Kortin Langlinais and Kassidy Langlinas of Boerne. Middle Weight - ages 16 to 19 years - Grand Championship were Kate McCallick of Wimberly and Mathew Jones from Dripping Springs, and the Reserve Championship went to Arlynn Justice and Garrett Uhl, both of Boerne.
Middle Weight Female Only Any Age Division Grand Champion team featured Kortni and Kimberly Langlinais and Kimberly Langlinais of Boerne. The Reserve Champion Team winners were Brittany Cally of Spring and Alex Boswell of Lorena.
The Heavy Weight Division Gran Champion Winners were Rory Bomer of Tarpley and Jesse Brown of Bandera. The Senior Grand Champion - over 60 years with a team of three - went to Jan Grimes, Bob Grimes and Howard Haden, all of Bandera. This action-packed event was sponsored by Moore Title; Billy Walker, Attorney at Law; and Dr. Margo Denke.
The big Lone Star Barbecue Society Cook-off, sponsored by Buddy's Water Well and Septic Service, hosted a record number of cook teams.
Winners included Best Bloody Mary, David Heep of Questionable Tactics Outdoors from Bandera; Best Beans, Derek Crumption of Half Past BBQ from Wichita Falls; Best Chicken: Kit Polk of Canned Heat from Lakehills; Best Pork Ribs, Vincent Galindo of Moonstruck Fire Truck from San Antonio; Best Pork Butt, Bob DePasqual of Chewball from New Braunsfels; Best Brisket, Kit Poke of Canned Heat from Lakehills; Best Pit: JD Henley of Buckshot from Midland; and People's Choice Grand Champion Vincent Galindo team Moonstruck Fire Truck and People's Choice Reserve Champion, Albert Brown of Grillin' and Chillin'.
Due to the early rain, the Longhorn Saloon and The Apple Store All Bike Rally was a bit down in participation, but rally participants had a great time on the Poker Run. Shelly Hackney of Kerrville won the "Ride and Shine" Competition, sponsored by the Apple Store.
Yes, there were lots of winners but the biggest winner was the Bandera County Library! Thanks go out to all who made this wild and crazy event an over-the-top Spring Break event for Bandera and to help raise funds for the library as well! Until next year - oink!!!