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Pigs wait in the swine barn at the Virginia state fair.
Philip Freese
Pigs wait in the swine barn at the Virginia state fair.

More than 250,000 people enjoyed the dizzying rides and junk food at the State Fair of Virginia this year. But it turns out in the midst of all of that, the swine barn hosts a fiercely competitive contest based on exacting standards of beauty.

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