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All-Alaskan Racing Pigs

Date: Oct 16, 2021

ALL-ALASKAN RACING PIGS… “You Never Sausage a Show.” It was the summer of 1987 at the local fair in Fairbanks, Alaska, when a speedy troupe of little pigs hit the track for their first race. The famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs were off on a grand adventure that continues today. While Alaska hasn’t been their home for a while, (talk about a long, boaring commute) they are still looking forward to another season of sizzling racing action.

The Breed for Speed…All-Alaskan Racing Pigs features rare, heritage breeds. This year you will see a special breed called Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs (GOS). The breed dwindled to as low as 22 pigs in the United States, and as late as the 1990s there were fewer than 200 breeding animals. All-Alaskan Racing Pigs has been working with U.S. breeders and The Livestock Conservancy to help rebuild the numbers. The recovery is going well, with the breed moved from the Critically Endangered List to the Threatened List in 2015. Fans will see this wonderful heritage breed that represents farm animals as they existed centuries ago. And the pigs love the attention!

The Original Fast Food… The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are the ultimate racing machines! The sawdust flies when four of these fuzzy little critters flash out of the starting gates and battle each other for first place at the feed trough. You don’t have to hog call these pigs––they’ll get there before the food does! You like your Facebook feed and your Twitter feed; they like any feed. A nice reward like a chocolate chip cookie at the finish line keeps all the athletes happy and motivated. You’ve heard of bringin’ home the bacon...now you’ll see it in action. If Pigs Could Fly, These Swine Flew! The action is hog wild when adding high hurdles. We searched coast-to-coast (Bering Sea to Arctic Ocean) to find the finest athletes anywhere. See them soaring over hurdles that stand taller than they do! And there is always a surprise at every show. That’s a secret you’ll have to come see for yourself. A Swine Time for the Crowd, Too. The official starter is carefully selected from the crowd before each show. Then the race judge is chosen and seated in style at the finish line. Low-tech photo finish, here. And for the championship round, four lucky spectators will be selected to lead “rooting sections.” All participants take home prize ribbons and everyone in attendance takes home a memory for life. You can even have your picture taken with one of the racing pigs after the races. That is the definition of cute.

The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of eight athletes who race four-at-a-time around a 100-foottrack padded with wood shavings. Each show consists of three rounds of racing, with the championship race pitting the four fastest racers from the earlier races in the show. There is also one surprise feature before the championship race. The pigs run flat track and hurdles, and take their breaks in the luxurious, air-conditioned, “Piggy Penthouse.” When the heat gets too much, the two-legged crew members take refuge from the sun by joining the racers in their comfortable home-on-wheels.

The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are licensed and routinely visited and inspected by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)animal welfare inspectors. The show first appeared in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1987. Since then, the racers have visited events in nine states, mostly in the west. The team stops at about 30 events per year and their down time in western Oregon. Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs were developed in England, so they thrive well in the Northwest. They prefer an outdoor life and are excellent foragers, making them perfect for small and backyard farms.

All-Alaskan Racing Pigs Contact: Bart Noll 541-513-2142 aarpigs@gmail.com

For photos and more info, visit:www.pigrace.com

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