Pig racing

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Pigs race away from the starting gate.
Pigs race down the track.

Pig-racing is a sport in which juvenile pigs race around a small enclosed dirt, fake grass or gravel track. This racing is usually purely for entertainment, and betting is not part of it. It is often one of the attractions at county fairs, but is also practiced in many backyard setups.

United States[edit]

Pig-racing is most popular in the Southern United States. The city of Charlotte, North Carolina will occasionally host pig races before other sporting events. The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo bills itself as the largest in the world, and the second-largest fair or festival of any kind in North America. Besides the pro rodeo events and livestock exhibitions, pig racing is featured. The minor league baseball team the St. Paul Saints host pig races at the stadium during select home games.[citation needed]

The newest pig-racing show traveling the USA is called Hot Dog Pig Races which included pig racing and dachshunds. You can find them at fairs and festivals such as Ocean County Fair NJ, Dundulk Heritage Festival MD, Pig Gig Bay City MI and the Magnet Festival in Portlaoise. All-Alaskan Pig Racing, Sue Wee Pigs and Ugly Pig Racing are other shows traveling the USA The Bear Creek Saloon and Steakhouse, in Bear Creek, Montana, has hosted pig races during the summer season since 1992.[1]

United Kingdom[edit]

Pig racing is practised in the United Kingdom. The South of England Rare Breeds Centre holds regular pig races in the summer.[2] Natasha Raskin has also commented Hall Park in Oswestry is also famous for pig racing.[3]


  1. ^ Bear Creek Saloon - Bearcreek. VirtualMontana. 18 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Centre Rare Breeds". www.rarebreeds.org.uk. Pig Racing. Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  3. ^ Raskin, Natasha (9 May 2016). "Oswestry 8". Bargain Hunt. Series 43. Episode 30. 0 minutes in. BBC. Today's show comes from the Park Hall showground in Oswestry ... famous for its pig racing

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