Exhibiting market hogs at the National Western Stock Show has been a tradition for Alli Stromberger for the past six years. What makes this year different? She won.
Alli Stromberger, a 15-year-old sophomore in high school, hails from Iliff, Colorado. Alli began showing pigs eight years ago and has been exhibiting at the NWSS for six years.
"My family has a strong tradition of 4H and showing animals," Alli said. "I am honored to continue the tradition."
Though she always enjoys competing at the NWSS, this year was different. Not only was this Alli's first time winning the show, but it was also her first year making the sale.
Alli competed in the heavyweight crossbred division. After winning her division, she was named champion crossbred. This meant she would be competing for champion overall honors on the green carpet. Before the grand drive, Alli was filled with nerves and anticipation.
After all of the breed champions and reserves were paraded, the judge, Will Winter, took the microphone. Even after judging many major shows over the years, Winter said this was the best set of hogs he has judged to date.
Alli certainly didn't let those nerves get the best of her. Her hog was named Grand Champion at the 2020 NWSS.
"I'm at a loss for words," Alli said. "My early mornings and late nights have paid off."
After such an accomplishment, Alli was overcome with emotion. Surrounded by family and friends, she celebrated her victory.