A Cleveland business owner and her son recently won national pageant titles with their platforms of supporting local agriculture. Brittany Krouse Graves, 25, is originally from Calhoun and …
A Cleveland business owner and her son recently won national pageant titles with their platforms of supporting local agriculture.
Brittany Krouse Graves, 25, is originally from Calhoun and passionate about animals, particularly pigs.
She is the owner of 3 Bs Pet Care and Boutique on Inman Street in Cleveland, chief operating officer at Buchanan’s Barnyard, a member on the board of directors for 4 Paws Pantry and has completed programs in pet nutrition and pet psychology in addition to her degree in business management from Cleveland State.
Graves said pigs are third on the list for smartest animals in the world, far surpassing that of a domesticated cat or dog. Because of this intelligence, pigs have a heightened perception of the world around them and can be trained for therapy.
Graves’ own pet pig, Calypso, recently received her certification as a therapy pig.
She used her affinity for smart swine for her platform at the National America Agriculture pageant this summer, where she and her son both came away with titles.
Graves has taken her passion and knowledge to local issues as well.
In late June, the Cleveland City Council began discussing an ordinance that would ban swine from living within city limits. In addition to its typical operations, like training and pet consultation services, Buchanan’s Barnyard in Riceville has been operating as a rescue for those pigs whose Cleveland citizenship is pending, Graves said.
Because of her depth of knowledge and unique passion for pigs, Graves was crowned Mrs. America Agriculture. Using a platform for John Deere tractors and machinery, her 3-year-old son was named Tiny Mr. America Agriculture.
In contrast to her interest in pigs, his passion for John Deere tractors is slightly more vague.
“I think he just likes them because they’re green,” she chuckled. “That, and his daddy drives John Deere.”
She said the two of them winning titles from their respective divisions in the same pageant was a stroke of luck, addingthe decision to enter was last minute.
“The opportunity sort of presented itself,” she said. “I’ve been around pageants since I was 3 days old, so I had the dresses and everything I needed. I think it was a great experience for Bryndley.”
With their winnings, the duo plans to travel to further Bryndley’s agricultural education and educate others, both locally and internationally, about what pigs really have to offer.
She said she’s “over the moon” about winning a pageant alongside her son. She emphasized that pageants are about much more than beauty
“I want people to know that boys are allowed in pageant programs too,” she said. “They have divisions for men and women, girls and boys.”
She said the pageant gave her the chance to bond with her son over something she’s done all her life, and she’s looking forward to many travel and bonding opportunities ahead.
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