council checks out this little muddy piggy
By Devin Felix
March 5, 2007 | Hyrum City Council dealt with the
usual city business at Thursday's council meeting: discussing
the town water supply, approving a new member of the
planning and zoning commission, and watching a pig wrestling
That's right, pig wrestling. The council heard a request
by RayAnn Reed of Nibley to sponsor a pig-wrestling
event this summer at the Hyrum's rodeo grounds. Reed
brought a DVD to give council members an idea of what
pig wrestling is.
And what is it? Well, it's exactly what it sounds like:
groups of men, women or children up to their knees in
mud attempting to subdue a pig and put it in a barrel.
"My question is, after a few seconds will you be able
to tell the pigs and the people apart?" said Mayor Dean
Reed said pig wrestling is a tradition in Wyoming,
and this is the first year it will be done in Utah.
Organizers are trying to set up pig wrestling events
in counties across Utah, with the winners eventually
competing in a state championship in Salt Lake City,
she said. Prizes, including cash, will be awarded to
winning teams, she said.
The council expressed interest, but postponed making
a decision on Reed's request until she had submitted
a formal proposal. Council member Paul James said it
would be important to coordinate with the people who
schedule rodeos at the grounds to avoid conflicts.
Also at the meeting, the council heard a report from
City Administrator Brent Jensen on the city's projected
water needs. Studies project the city will be able to
provide water to support a population of up to 15,200
people with the water sources it currently uses, Jensen
said. The current population of Hyrum is about 7,000.
This doesn't mean the city should not worry about water,
however, because some years there is far less water
available than other years, Jensen said.
The council also approved the appointment of Scot
Allgood as a new member of the city planning and zoning