Catch The Pig Racing All Weekend At The Palm Bay Fair
By Space Coast Daily // April 3, 2015
Chunky legs churning and floppy ears flapping
ABOVE VIDEO: The Racing Pigs will be among the headline attractions for the Palm Bay Fair, which is set for Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 5.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – There will be a lot more squealing at this year’s Palm Bay Fair at the 30-acre Space Coast Harley-Davidson in Palm Bay.
The Racing Pigs will be among the headline attractions for the Palm Bay Fair, which is set for Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 5.
“Guests will have the opportunity to cheer on the piglets as they race around the track,” said Connie McCoy, event organizer.
“The Hogway Speedway racing track will keep your family laughing and cheering.”
“Ta, ta, ta, Ta, ta-ta-ta, Ta, ta-ta, Ta, ta, ta,” goes the call to the post that is usually reserved for thoroughbred racetracks. The pigs look up and around, and start pawing in anticipation. Young though they are, they know it’s show time.
An assistant places what they call “racing silks” – orange cloth with blue numbers – on each pig’s back. Carpet tape sticks gently to the pig’s back so the numbers stay in place.
The squealers are fired up and ready to run.
The starting gate lifts with the ring of a bell and off they race, furiously with abandon, wildly, around a 6-foot wide, 100-foot long oval track.
Chunky legs churning and floppy ears flapping, they jostle through the final turn and take snout-hearted aim on the finish line prize.
They know that if they run hard and strong and fast, they will get to indulge themselves, in what surely must be the Free World’s ultimate reward: an Oreo Cookie. You see, that is the secret to training pigs to race against each other. They won’t respond to anything but love and affection and Oreo Cookies.
ABOVE VIDEO: The Palm Bay Fair will open March 26 at 5 p.m. for 11 fun-filled days, featuring great food, free unlimited rides and free shows.
Do pigs smile? Animal experts say no. Well, take a look at that pig over there, the one by the starting gate, the one that just sucked up two Oreos and seems to be waiting for a snoot full of Purina High Octane Pig Chow – the main course. Of course they smile!
Be prepared to gets involved in each race, with cheerleaders selected to “root” the participants on victory. In “Victory Lane” it’s just like real life – the winner gets the whole cookie and the losers get the crumbs, and of course a regular ration of high energy protein pig chow everyday.
Pigs are no different from any other animals. They’re performing animals.
They respond to the sounds of applause. They respond to people and where they are and what they’re doing. And they’re smart, too.
From what we’ve seen, pigs rank fourth in intelligence, just behind dolphins, apes and elephants.
Be prepared to gets involved in each race, with cheerleaders selected to “root” the participants on victory.
In “Victory Lane” it’s just like real life – the winner gets the whole cookie and the losers get the crumbs, and of course a regular ration of high energy protein pig chow everyday.
The Palm Bay Fair is returning for its fourth run and local residents, students and patrons of all ages are invited to spend the day viewing free racing pig shows and enjoying the free unlimited rides on the midway.
Unlimited Rides and shows are free with fair admission of $10 Monday through Thursday, or $15 Friday through Sunday.
The event takes place from 5 p.m. – late, Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. until late, Saturday and Sundays. The event will be held rain or shine.