A couple of friends and I went to the Jacksonville Fair on Friday. (Thanks Mike and Chris for suggesting the outing!) I've lived in Jacksonville for five years now and I had never attended. I'm used to the big county fairs that we have in Michigan, so I was quite curious to see what kind of a fair a Southern city could create.
I would have never guessed that I was going to see some pigs run around a track and jump into a water trough.
It was a very popular event! The pigs are a few months old and gladly race around the track so they can get to the end to get their reward.
What do you think motivates a pig to run?
Look at them go!
The little capes on them are their numbers, so that the crowd can root for their favorite.
They look like SuperMan with those capes.
In answer to the question - the pigs are motivated by an Oreo Cookie. That's their reward at the end of the track.
One of the other things that pigs like to do is swim!
The pig handlers said that if pigs had a nice big pool to swim in and cool off, then they wouldn't roll around in the mud (to cool off.)
Since the pigs enjoy the water a special water trough was set up for them to swim in.
This group of four came barreling around the corner and put on the brakes!! It was so funny. I think they are new to the water trough trick.
It took one brave soul to put a hoof into the water before the others would join in.
They were still racing to the end for an Oreo, so they made short work of the swim. I was amazed at how quickly those teeny little pig legs could paddle!
But these fellas are right behind.
At the end of the show we could get a picture taken with this little piggy.
I completely enjoyed the Racing Pigs. They were a hoot!
That's what can happen on a Sunday in Jacksonville, FL. For more Sundays in my City, please head on over to Unknown Mami's place. Who knew you'd see a pig race when you came here?! You never know what others will blog about in their city.
Have a great day!