Young Edina girl and her pig, Gus, win big at state fair

Kinsley Ann Johnson, 9, of Edina and her pig, Gus

A young northeast Missouri girl beat out hundreds of competitors to take home a top prize from the 2012 Missouri State Fair.

Kinsley Johnson, 9, of Edina and her pig, Gus, won Grand Champion Barrow in the Open Show Division this past weekend at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Kinsley is the daughter of Glenn and Ashley Johnson.

Gus had been Kinsley's 4-H project since the end of March.

She took care of him all spring and summer.

Her mom said when it was really hot this summer, and Kinsley's friends were going swimming, Kinsley would stay home and miss out on the fun to hose down Gus every hour to keep him cool.

Ashley said her daughter put in a lot of time and effort and worked really hard taking care of the 280-pound pig.

Kinsley and Gus went head-to-head with 900-some competitors, kids and adults, to win the Grand Champion ribbon.

She and her family couldn't be more excited about her big accomplishment.