Playful pigs vie for coveted Triple PIG Crown title
Triple Pig Crow (TPC) series features ComediHAMS, Singing SWINE Stars and Movers n’ Shaker SWINE in 16th season
A fresh, fast and beautiful batch of racing pigs will begin their march toward the title of “Top HOG” during a month-long battle known as the Triple PIG Crown series at Maris Farms. The 5-week long series begins its 16th season on Saturday, Oct. 1st, and features qualifying rounds in the first weekend for the first of three marquee races in the middle three weekends.
Those marquee races – PIGtucky Derby (Oct. 8th), SQUEAKness (Oct. 15th)and BOARmont Stakes (Oct. 22nd) – and a Cream-of-the-Crap race challenge in the final weekend – will spotlight 9 racing hogs (3 teams of 3 hogs) from Gillihan Farms in Eatonville, WA.
A well-seasoned group of sponsors are back again to support the races with Wally’s White River Drive In, Toyota of Puyallup and Schilling Cider all securing co-title sponsorships and Westside Pizza, Blazing Bagels and Glow Martini Lounge sponsoring the individual teams.
The sponsors’ financial and in-kind contributions help defer the costs associated with putting on the 5-week race event as well as providing prizes for those race fans who “bet” on and pick race winners. The event receives financial and in-kind donations from several other partners as well, including Gillihan Farms, Salish Lodge & Spa and the Washington Athletic Club.
Farm visitors can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers. Fans will be amused and entertained by these local celebrity-named pigs – which will feature many of local, national and world renowned musical stars, business icons and comedians whom you’ve come to love over the years!
The racing series has raised nearly $30,000 for charity – almost $1,500 in 2021 – when Tommy HilPIGer of the Movers ‘n Shakers SWINE captured the coveted individual TPC title, event coordinator Steve Templeman said.
The 2022 Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series – presented by Wally’s White River Drive In, Toyota of Puyallup and Schilling Cider – features:
Movers & Shakers SWINES (Westside Pizza) – #1 Albert EinSWINE, #2 Tommy HilPIGer, #3 E-LOIN Musk
ComediaHAMS (Blazing Bagels) – #4 ConHAM O’Brien, #5 Dave ChapPORK, #6 PIG Notaro
Musical SWINE Stars (Glow Martini Lounge) – #7 jimmy HAMdrix, #8 SnoopHOG, #9 Amy SWINEhouse