Pig named Bacon inspires winner of VLS coloring contest

Feb. 23, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

It was her aunt's pet pig that turned a classroom design cliche into a unique, first-place winning entry.

"Everybody was drawing quilts, but I wanted to do something a little different," said Malary Lynn Garcia, an 11-year-old Dudley Elementary fifth-grader. "I'm super excited I won."

The Victoria Livestock Show's annual coloring contest invites elementary school students to compete against each other in a competition that has evolved from coloring an already-drawn picture to designing their own.

Malary said she drew her inspiration from her aunt's pet pig named Bacon.

Garcia's mother, Melinda Garcia, 29, said Malary could not contain her excitement when she first heard the news.

"She was jumping up and down," said Garcia. "Her grandmother has probably told all our other family members the news."

Carrots and tomatoes are nested below the mutlicolored quilt surrounding the drawing of a blue-ribbon pig with a tiny, yellow bird perched on its head.

"My sister loves tomatoes, but you have to dare me to get me to eat one," the artist said. "I like carrots though, I eat those with ranch (dressing)."

The elementary school student used colored map pencils, a ruler and cups to trace the circles and a lid for the pig's head to complete her drawing.

The colors of the quilt are the colors of spring, which make the drawing pop, said Malary.

"I've been to the livestock shows in the past," Malary said. "We go every year to look at the pigs, goats and rabbits."

This year, Malary will get to see her artwork displayed among the other winners and runners-up.

"Drawing is my favorite thing to do," Malary said. "It gets me away from other things in life - an escape."



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