Pig Races

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Raising money with racing pigs:
Maris Farms, KMPS and several sponsors join forces to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

And they're off!

And they’re off!

In the spirit of horse racing’s famous Triple Crown series, Maris Farms will again hold its Triple “Pig” Crown racing series – now in its sixth year. The pig races are one of the featured activities at Maris Farms, which has become one of Pierce County’s favorite family fall destinations for its pumpkins, corn maze and haunted attractions.

In addition to the normal weekend races which start Saturday, Oct. 5th, there will again be the three marquee races – The PIGtucky Derby (Oct.12th, 2 pm), The BOARmont Stakes (Oct. 19th, 2 pm) and The SQUEAKness (Oct. 26th, 2 pm). Last season’s series winner, ConHAM O’Brien (sponsored by Walmart) – who captured the PIGtucky Derby and The SQUEAKness in 2012 – will look to defend his series title. His bid to take the Triple “Pig” Crown was foiled by JOWLlian Michaels (sponsored by Anytime Fitness), who captured the third and final leg (The SQUEAKness) of last years series. Micheals led the field with 22 victories in 2012 but O’Brien earned the series championship by virtue of his two marquee race victories and the second most season victories (19) in the 12-hog field. BenderLOIN (sponsored by Papa Johns in 2012) nabbed the inaugural Mary Kay Classic on the final weekend of the season.

On a small round track near the animal barn, several races will occur during the course of a weekend day. Prior to each racing session (3 races per session, 3 sessions per day), racing fans can make donations of $1 (1 ticket), $5 (6 tickets) or $10 (15 tickets) and pick a pig they feel will win that race.

The HOGfather – Steve Templeman – holds his hog with dignity and determination

After someone donates, they will receive a numbered raffle ticket – they will keep half and put the other half in the slot of their “chosen” winner. At the end of the race, the announcer will draw a name from the “winning” pig’s slot, and that individual will win a prize from one of our sponsors. ALL DONATORS will earn a special “pignostication” pig nose for their contribution. ALL DONATIONS will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The unprecedented racing series has raised over $17,000 for St. Jude’s during its five-year run.

In addition to the 2013 title sponsors – Anytime Fitness, Westside Pizza and Wal-Mart – several other sponsors are contributing cash and/or prizes to this event, including Sweet Kettle Corn, Subway, Mary Kay and American Thunder Monster Truck.

The HOGfather is flanked by Pig Whisperers Dennis Riley (left) and Mallie Riley (right)

The 2013 competitors include:
LOCAL RADIO DJ’S PRESENTED BY WESTSIDE PIZZA – #94.1 (KMPS) – POT BELLIED Pat, #710 (ESPN) – Jimmy DEAN Moore, #100.7 (The Wolf) – BACON Fitz and #106.1 (KISS FM) – BenderLOIN

FITNESS FANATICS PRESENTED BY ANYTIME FITNESS – #1 Arnold SchwartzenHOGGER, #2 Jack LaLOIN, #3 Richard SOWmmons and #4 JOWLlian Michaels


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is the nation’s leading children’s cancer research and treatment hospital, and the only one that covers all of the costs for medicine, treatment, food, travel and lodging. Children come to St. Jude from across the country, and 85 cents of every dollar received supports research and treatment. Today Danny’s legacy continues to thrive through the commitment of his children Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas, who work tirelessly to honor their father’s promise that no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay.

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