This year, Maris Farms brings back the crowd favorites, racing pigs and ducks. Now the pigs and ducks won’t be racing against each other but they will be going against the best of their kind and racing for charity.
For the ducks, now in their fourth season of racing, each race is patterned after the famed Iron Man Triathlon, where competitors (human, that is) challenge one another over a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon along the Kona (Hawaii) coast each October. However, instead of 1800 human racing machines, Maris Farms will serve up a half-dozen of the finest tri-QUACK-aletes in Pierce County and they’ll cover a grand total of 200 feet!
The month-long event will help raise money for the Fisher House by allowing people to place bets on who they believe will win each race. Those bets will be given in the form of a donation to the Fisher House. Each “betting” participant will receive a special duck bill and if their duck wins the race, they’ll be entered into a drawing for a special prize provided by our sponsors. This event raised more than $700 for the Fisher House in 2014.
Dates of Races: Oct 1/2, Oct 8/9, Oct. 15/16, Oct. 22/23 and Oct. 29/30, 2016 Time: 1 pm and 3 pm each weekend day
For the pigs, now in their 10th season of racing, they will be running to raise money for a new recipient, Seattle Children’s Hospital and a new title sponsor, Washington Healthplanfinder. Patterned after the famous Triple Crown races in horse racing, this will be the Triple ‘Pig’ Crown series. Visitors will be able to wager on their favorite pig and will receive a numbered raffle ticket. At the end of the race, a ticket will be drawn from the winning pigs slot and that individual will win a prize from one of our sponsors
The month-long event raises money by allowing people to place bets on who they believe will win each race. Those bets are given in the form of a donation. Each “betting” participant receives a special pig nose and if their pig wins the race, they’ll be entered into a drawing for a special prize provided by our sponsors. To date, the Maris Farms Triple ‘Pig’ Crown event has raised more than $23,000 for St. Jude during its 9-year run.
Dates of Races: Oct 1/2, Oct 8/9 (PIGtucky Derby), Oct. 15/16 (The SQUEAKness), Oct. 22/23 (The BOARmont Stakes) and Oct. 29/30, 2016 Time: 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm each weekend day.