Pig races!

This weekend,I was too busy squeezing every ounce of fun out of spring break to get back to the pig races. Fear not, faithful readers: pig race coverage begins now.

May I just say that one hasn’t lived — really lived — until one has witnessed a spectacle such as the annual pig races at the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show. Just as this wasn’t our first rodeo, it wasn’t our first pig race, either. It was, however, our first pig race since we became owners of a pet pig, so the races took on a bit more significance now that we know and love a little piggie. Naturally, we thought of our little Piper while at the piggie raceway.

So here’s the set-up: a grandstand full of spectators, the pit crew, the emcee, and of course, the piggies. The emcee spoke of the fierce competition among the piggie racers for the big prize: an Oreo cookie. Macy & I nodded out heads knowingly at the flat-out determination and light ing-fast speed a piggie would display in pursuit of an Oreo. We giggled among ourselves at the idea of our little piggie losing her piggie mind over an Oreo.Our emcee. What a gig, right? Calling the pig races every hour on the hour, every day for 18 days.Each of the three races featured four piggie racers. In race #1, it was a fierce, four-way matchup  between Kevin Bacon, Brad Pig, Simon Sowell, and Justin Bieboar.

The girls in the black t-shirts escorted the piggie racers to their gates. I know the pictures aren’t great, so just focus on the little pink blob coming down the ramp, just underneath the first girl’s hand.

The racers head to the metal gates and line up for their race. Off they go!

The next race featured Jennifer Lo-pig, Britney Spare-Rib, Lindsay Lo-ham, and Christina Hogulara. I gotta give some mad props to the person who named the racers. They  must have run out of clever names by the third race, though, because instead of hoggy celebs it was a college bedlam battle with the mighty University of Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and the Oklahoma Sooners. Not sure why they didn’t have the Arkansas Razorbacks, whose battle cry is Sooooo-ey pig.

After the third race, it was showtime for Swifty the Swimming Pig. We’ve been wondering how our little piggie will take to water, once it warms up enough for her to dip her hooves in the pool. If Swifty is any indication, Piper will do just fine You’ve heard the expression, when pigs fly, right? What about when pigs swim?

Here she is, ready to take her place at the edge of her pool.

She’s in place, ready to dive in.

Go, Swifty!

With one big leap, Swifty dove into the water and swam lickety-split across her pool. 

The crowd went wild! And Swifty was wrapped in a warm towel. Hooray for pig races!


5 Comments on “Pig races!”

  1. How fun! I’m not the only one who loves Oreos. My son had a rat once named Oreo. He was the same color as the cookie. Thanks for the great laugh! XOXO

  2. David Benbow says:

    As a pig owner, I must caution your readers not to try this at home. And Oreos (and other chocolate) should be off your piggy’s menu. I’m glad you got pictures of Swifty the Swimming Pig. Too bad Piper had to stay home.

  3. and the award for the most “different” blog in my RSS reader goes to…..YOU🙂

  4. elizabeth connolly says:

    okay Nancy, i may have to move my trip to texas to March to go to the rodeo and see the Pig races and I know Amanee would love it. I know she would be so sad to have to take time out out of school but she would sacrifice for me to see the rodeo!!!!! You again started my day off with a smile. Love you and your blog,

  5. billgncs says:

    Love the rodeo! We have been going for many years from our summer place in Sheridan Wyoming. ( Cleveland Ohio when I am out of my cowboy hat and boots ) Haven’t seen pig races, but the “Wild Horse Race” where the Indian teams ride a relay with four green broke horses is always my favorite!


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