Watch: A LaSalle Teen’s Ups And Downs Showing His Pigs At The National Western

January 20, 2018
Photo: Jake Johnson, National Western Stock Show Pigs
Jake Johnson at home in LaSalle with some of the awards he's earned over the years from showing pigs.

Jake Johnson is a 15 year old high schooler from LaSalle who grew up the way a lot of farm kids do, jumping in and learning the family business from an early age. In Jake’s case, that means raising pigs.  (Story continues below the video.)

The story took some unexpected turns, first as his top crossbred pig took sick at the farm right before the show and couldn’t compete. Then Jake himself fell ill at the competition, although that didn’t stop him from showing his second and third best pigs. Watch the video to see how the story unfolds.