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This little piggy

Orient elevator adorned with plastic pig after jokesters climbed up to place it there

This little piggy went to market...well, it went to the top of the elevator.

That’s what happened in Orient recently as a small group of workers building wind turbines, who live in Orient, took part in a payback prank.

A pickup owned by Brad Kramer was sitting behind the Orient Bar recently and Matt Kuhns, the owner of the old grain elevator, put a small plastic pig inside of it as a joke. To get back, Kramer asked Matt Stadthein and a group of others, who were around, if they’d climb to the top of the elevator and place the pig on the tallest grain leg.

Stadthein has been working in Adair County since July, primarily working on the substation for the Orient wind farm project southeast of Orient.

“As a joke, Brad said ‘Why don’t you guys climb up there and put that on top of the leg to just get back at him,’” Stadthein said. “So, sure enough, we did.”

Since the pig has been placed atop the grain elevator, Stadthein says he’s received a few comments about the gimmick.

“A couple of people in town thought it was funny and Matt, who owns the elevator, thought it was funny,” Stadthein said. “Orient’s a nice little town. It’s relaxed and everyone seems pretty friendly. Everybody’s trying to help everybody out and they have a good sense of humor.”

“Some kids must’ve left it. I stuck it in [Brad’s] pickup. The next thing I knew we had a flying pig,” Kuhns said. “I had been one uped by the jokester. That’s probably 140 to 150 feet up there. I’m not climbing up there to get it.”

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