Hollywood Racing Pigs bring home the bacon at Delaware State Fair

Pot-bellied pigs race during the Hollywood Pig Races at the Delaware Sate Fair on Friday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

HARRINGTON — The stars of one of the most popular attractions at the Delaware State Fair enjoy hamming it up a little bit for the crowd.

They even have names such as: Harry Porker, Notorious P.I.G. and Taylor Swine — and they love to race each other for cream-filled vanilla cookies.

Pigs race during the Hollywood Pig Races at the Delaware Sate Fair on Friday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

The Hollywood Racing Pigs is one of the more endearing and enduring acts at the state fair. Their diminutive race track is located just to the right after entering through the main gate.

“It was fun, I like it,” said Alex Newman, a 12-year-old who was selected as an official pig rooter. “I enjoyed just watching it, seeing the little pigs and some fat ones. It was fun – and my pig won.”

Crystal Coronas, who serves as the announcer for the racing pigs, said it really doesn’t matter which pig turns out to be top hog at the end of the day, just as long as families – and especially kids – are having fun.

“It’s too much fun,” said Ms. Coronas, who is a member of a fourth generation of circus performers who brought their show to America from Europe in 1952. “It really is way too much fun. That’s what we’re doing it for.

“We want to see those kids smile and have a good time and jump around and enjoy their day here at the fair.”

Pig racing is a free attraction at the state fair. They line up and race throughout fair week every day at 2, 4 and 7.

There is crowd participation involved, as Ms. Coronas picks out pig rooters that include audience members, especially children, who are selected to cheer on a pig. Prizes are awarded to the rooter with the winning pig.

The pigs were probably a little low on hog-power on this steamy Friday afternoon. That didn’t seem to matter.

Despite the heat, the show still went on with a trio of races – including a two-pig “Obstacle-Course Race,” where the porky competitors navigated fences and jumped through hoops; a three-pig “World’s Fastest Pot-Bellied Pig Race,” and “The Main Event,” where five pigs raced feverishly for the checkered flag and the glory.

During the first pig races of this year’s state fair, Pigicho won the obstacle-course, Taylor Swine used a pass in the final turn to overcome Kim Kardashi-Ham in the pot-bellied event and Lady Haw-ga captured “The Main Event” with a daring maneuver at the finish line.

Terri Tovey Hice, from Dover, said the pig races are a must-see when she attends the fair.

“It’s fun. It’s different,” she said. “We come here every year for the pig races. They’re cute little things and you never know what they’re going to do, like (Friday) it was so hot that one named the Notorious P.I.G. didn’t even want to run. He was just kind of hanging around.”

Ms. Hice wasn’t overly concerned that the pigs might turn into bacon while racing under the scorching sun.

“They’re probably hanging out in the air conditioning and getting a pig-a-cure now,” she said. “They’re stars.”

The Hollywood Racing Pigs, based out of Bradenton, Florida, are located by the air-conditioned circus tent and several animal petting areas, where fair-goers can see giraffes, zebras, and many more exotic animals.

Spectators cheer on pigs during the Hollywood Pig Races at the Delaware Sate Fair on Friday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Ms. Coronas said that even the heat doesn’t matter when she can look into the crowd and see smiles on children’s faces.

“We were super excited that for as hot as it is that people were having a really good time,” she said. “It’s always great to see the kids smiling and cheering on their pigs.”

 

 

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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