Farming tradition continues in Lowndes - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Farming tradition continues in Lowndes

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Deliberations next big step in Harris-James murder trial

    Deliberations next big step in Harris-James murder trial

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:40:11 GMT
    (left to right) Ezekial James and Jordan Harris(left to right) Ezekial James and Jordan Harris
    Closing arguments in the trial accusing two men of robbing and killing former Lee County Commissioner and Albany businessman are complete. The defense made its argument to the jury, and the state finished closing about 3:30. The court took a a 15 minute break, and the judge said he would read the instructions.More >>
    Closing arguments in the trial accusing two men of robbing and killing former Lee County Commissioner and Albany businessman are complete. The defense made its argument to the jury, and the state finished closing about 3:30. The court took a a 15 minute break, and the judge said he would read the instructions.More >>
  • Don't waste water

    Don't waste water

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:38:23 GMT
    Although, Tifton has no specific water restrictions, they want people to continue to monitor conservation water restrictions on watering lawn on their assigned days. More >>
    Although, Tifton has no specific water restrictions, they want people to continue to monitor conservation water restrictions on watering lawn on their assigned days. More >>
  • Worth Co. residents petition for better fire dept.

    Worth Co. residents petition for better fire dept.

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:18:52 GMT
    Approximately 200 residents signed the petition, which will be presented to county commissioners Thursday night at the courthouse in Sylvester.More >>
    Approximately 200 residents signed the petition, which will be presented to county commissioners Thursday night at the courthouse in Sylvester.More >>

Lowndes County - You could call Dr. Glenwood Hill the ham expert. "You need to know what you're looking for on the inside, the bone structure, the anatomy of the hog so you'll know where to probe," said Hill.

After 20 years of judging the Lowndes County Ham and Egg show, he can spot the grand champion in no time. He carefully examines each piece of meat, making sure it has good form, and a rich, smoky smell. "You need a good nose," said Hill.

The scent makes all the difference in this competition, but across the hall where the eggs are being judged, its all in the look. Judges use a candling device to spot every little imperfection. "We want a well defined yolk and a small air pocket, and no cracks," said Chad Beard, Egg Judge.

The Ham and Egg show is a 55 year tradition here in Lowndes County, and each year it gets bigger and better. "We're pushing about 75 hams, we're up from last year," said Mickey Fourakers, Lowndes County Extension Agent.

But that's not the case in other counties. This is the only ham and egg show left in the state. "Curing hams and curing meat was a staple in the early 30's and 40's, and this is a way we can continue and preserve this way of life," said Fourakers.

Organizers say the key to keeping this long-standing tradition alive is youth involvement. This year's show has several entries from 4-H and other young agriculture clubs. "It's important that we pass this from generation to generation, just as a way of preserving our history," said Fourakers.

A history that may be forgotten in other parts of the state, but will keep growing strong as long as this show continues.

posted by ashley.harper@walb.com