Triple ‘PIG’ Crown series, new event partner return to Maris Farms after ‘HAMdemic’ hiatus
Playful pigs vie for a shot at coveted TPC title and a new nonprofit – Celebrate HARVEST – will benefit
A fresh, fast and beautiful batch of racing pigs will embark on a month-long battle to be crowned “Top HOG” at Maris Farms for the 13th season this October after a one-year hiatus due to the ‘HAMdemic’ that was Covid 19 in 2020.
The always seasoned batch of event and pig group sponsors are back again to support them when the Buckley farm hosts its now infamous Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series, presented by Wally’s White River Drive In, starting the weekend of Oct. 2 & 3. In the spirit of horse racing’s famous Triple Crown series, 9 piglets will vie (through qualifying races throughout the month) for one of four spots in 3 marquee races – the PIGtucky Derby (Oct. 9th, 2 pm), the BOARmont Stakes (Oct. 16th, 2 pm) and the SQUEAKness (Oct. 23rd, 2 pm) – and try to become this season’s premier porcine at PIGlico Downs.
Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races 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 the local, national and world renowned musical stars, business icons and late night talk show hosts you’ve come to love over the years!
The Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series is pleased to have Wally’s White River Drive-In of Buckley back as the title sponsor – along with three ‘race group’ sponsors – Blazing Bagels, Dillanos Coffee Roasters and Westside Pizza. These 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 in Eatonville, Molen Orthodontics and the Washington Athletic Club.
To date, the racing series has raised close to $29,000 for charity (more than $23,000 over its first 9 years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a little more than $5,900 for Seattle Children’s Hospital from 2016 to 2019), event coordinator Steve Templeman claims.
The 2021 Triple ‘PIG’ Crown racing series, presented by Wally’s White River Drive In, features the following three racing groups and their corresponding sponsors:
Movers & Shakers SWINES, presented by Westside Pizza – #1 Albert EinSWINE, #2 Tommy HilPIGer, #3 E-LOIN Musk
Late Night Talking Heads, presented by DILLANOS COFFEE ROASTERS – #4 david LetterHAM, #5 jimmy falLOIN, #6 ConHAM O’Brien
Musical Stars, presented by BLAZING BAGELS – #7 jimmy HAMdrix, #8 SnoopHOG, #9 amy SWINEhouse
About Celebrate HARVEST (Helping Agriculture Reimagine Via Entertainment, Scholarships & Tourism)
Celebrate HARVEST is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to preserve traditional family farms by promoting and supporting experiential farming, also known as agritainment – it’s Farming Reimagined. Celebrate HARVEST is also committed to inspiring youth to pursue the agritainment profession via continuing education awards for those wanting to pursue some aspect of experiential farming as well as funding of field trips to experiential farms for underserved students/schools. It also helps fund/build/manage non-traditional farming events/activities at experiential farms as a means of adding to the farms appeal and a potential fund-raising event/activity for Celebrate HARVEST.
About the Pig Races
The Triple PIG Crown Racing series at Maris Farms is one such non-traditional farming event/activity. It is a 5-weekend pig racing series that Celebrate HARVEST funds and manages to raise money for the field trips and continuing education awards, but it also helps Maris Farms create a fun and interesting non-traditional farming event/activity for its guests.
We’ve patterned this event/activity after the Triple Crown horse racing series with 24 qualifying races and 3 marquee ones – The PIGtucky Derby, The BOARmont Stakes and The SQUEAKness. Money is raised by 1) selling sponsorships to/for the event and 2) giving race fans the opportunity to bet/donate on each race and earn prizes should their pig(s) win the race. The prizes are bigger and better for the marquee races and so people tend to bet/donate more. All prizes are provided by sponsors and include things like restaurant gift cards, coffee gift cards, sponsors’ swag, Maris Farms swag, gift shop and food coupons, overnight stays at great hotels and resorts, etc.
The Triple PIG Crown racing series gets a lot of attention both on and off the farm as the media is sent weekly press releases and is often featured on local radio shows and print publications. It’s covered like an actual sporting event and our sponsors get plenty of exposure both at the farm itself and with the general public. 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) or $5 (6 tickets) and pick a pig they feel will win that race. ALL BETTORS/DONORS earn a special “pignostication” pig nose for their contribution. ALL DONATIONS will go to Celebrate HARVEST. All bettors/donators also receive a numbered raffle ticket – they keep half and put the other half in the betting 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. Ninety races are scheduled over the course of the 5-weekend racing series – 3 sessions at 3 races/session each Saturday and Sunday.
PIG RACE SPONSORSHIPS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR CELEBRATE HARVEST AS WELL:
Exposure to customers occurs inside & outside of the pig/animal barn and during our three sessions of racing on Saturday and Sunday during the entire month of October. Exposure also occurs with any partnering radio station’s web site and with weekly updates and photos of each pig in uniform, weekly press releases beginning in mid-September and lasting through the month of October that go out to all local newspaper, radio and tv affiliates as well as on the Celebrate HARVEST and Maris Farms web sites and Facebook pages; Participating sponsors will also be exposed on all printed materials that are posted at the farm and within the community talking about the event. All sponsors are expected to participate in prize contributions as well.
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