Fulton man tells story behind unique yard art to women educators


NAPOLEON -- Beta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met recently at First Presbyterian Church in Napoleon.

After a business meeting, members enjoyed hearing Harold Ridgeway, decorator of the pig near Waterville on U.S. 24, tell the story about his "art in the yard."

Ridgeway, a shop teacher for 32 years, told how in 1990, he was given the concrete pig that stayed in his yard rather than by his door because of the object's heavy weight. He decorates the pig for the seasons and often changes its costumes during the year; the day after Thanksgiving, he decorates it for Christmas. He has more than 50 outfits for the pig. He stores the large figurine in his "pig sty" that he said was meant to be his shop in the basement.

Various groups and individuals have donated items to decorate Ridgeway's pig. The pig even receives fan mail. Barb, his wife, shared a photo album of the pig throughout the year.

Members attending the program were: Carol Agler, Loretta Brannan, Nan Bretz, Karen Brubaker, Diane Buchhop, Eileen Chaney, Cathy Croninger, Roxanne Headley, Sandy Honemann, Alice Hook, Nancy Hoover, Peg Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Joan Kennedy, Sue Meyer, Candi Overmyer, Bretta Pendleton, Kelley Phillips, Kathy Rath, Marilyn Ripke, Carol Rorick, Doris Ruby, Elaine Rychener, Bonnie Sasaki, Alice Shaffer, Charlotte Shrider, Kim Spiess, Louisa Strock, Shirlee Strup, Nancy Jo Sunday, Mary Ann Wade, Linda Wagner, Mary Williams, and Bev Wittes.

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