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Charity pig races to draw squeals of laughter

Getting in for their chop! A traffic jam ensues as racing pigs try to gain the lead in a charity pig race.
Getting in for their chop! A traffic jam ensues as racing pigs try to gain the lead in a charity pig race.

Forget the “sport of kings”, if you want to witness racing with a difference, trot on down to the Gin Gin Hotel on Saturday for an afternoon of Charity Pig Races.

While there may not be the thunder of hooves, there will be squeals of laughter as a great day of racing, market stalls and assorted family entertainment unfolds from noon.

According to Wendi Guy, one of the event organisers, patrons can have an enjoyable afternoon of fun while supporting the Gin Gin Rural Fire Brigade, the main beneficiary of the day.

“The Gin Gin Hotel has sponsored the event with the hope of raising a significant amount of money to enable the brigade to purchase another vehicle,” she said.

“I don’t think many people would not be aware of the great service our volunteer fire fighters do, not only here in Gin Gin, but right across our State and the nation.

“Helping the brigade to raise funds for better equipment is simply the community helping themselves,” said Wendi.

Charity races to assist rural fire brigade

“The volunteers are putting in the hours for the benefit of the community so it would seem only right that they are assisted in their efforts to better equip themselves.”

To the victor goes the spoils. The winning pig is first with its snout into the food trough.
To the victor goes the spoils. The winning pig is first with its snout into the food trough.

“While the six pig races we have planned are a major attraction another key event will be a motorcycle display courtesy of the newly formed Easy Riders Wide Bay Chapter.

“The community will be asked to vote for their favourite bike with $1 per vote. The owner of the most popular bike will receive a unique trophy,” said Wendi.

“The local Gin Gin Men’s Shed, with the help of Harley Davidson Bundaberg, has put together a trophy utilising actual Harley Davidson pistons.”

“We are really hoping this charity event will ‘bring home the bacon’ as far as our fund raising is concerned. There will be raffle tickets and patrons will be able to cheer on their favourite porker and perhaps win a little money,” said Wendi.

The winners of the primary school colouring in competition will be announced, there will be children’s activities by the Gin Gin Scouts, face painting, live music all day, and a craft beer outlet,

The afternoon ‘s program of entertainment will run from noon until 5.30pm to be followed by an evening of live entertainment with Mark Lavender.

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