Pig Races 2014: Annual racing series has raised almost $21,000 for St. Jude!!!

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

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 eighth 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. 4th, there will again be the three marquee races – The PIGtucky Derby (Oct.11th, 2 pm), The SQUEAKness (Oct. 18th, 2 pm) and The BOARmont Stakes (Oct. 25th, 2 pm). Last season’s series winner, Richard SOWmmons (sponsored by Anytime Fitness) – who became the first triple pig crown winner in nearly four years by capturing all three marque races in 2013 – will look to defend his series title. His 17 victories over 24 races secured SOWmmons place in Maris Farms pig-racing lore as he became only the third hog to capture a triple pig crown. Jay SWINO (sponsored by Wal Mart) was second best for the series with 15 victories and POT BELLIED Pat (sponsored by Westside Pizza) tallied 13 victories for a third place season series placing. Almost $1,100 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and 1,200 bets placed by Maris Farms patrons over the month-long series of races.

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.

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 close to $21,000 for St. Jude’s during its seven-year run.

In addition to the 2014 title sponsors – Anytime Fitness, Westside Pizza and Wal-Mart – several other sponsors are contributing cash and/or prizes to this event. Those contributing sponsors as well as the 2014 list of racing competitors will be announced shortly.

The 2013 competitors included:

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

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOSTS PRESENTED BY WAL-MART - #5 Jay SWINO, #6 David LetterHAM, #7 Jimmy FalLOIN, #8 ConHAM O’brien

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.