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But pigs will be pigs. One race stopped abruptly and resulted in a pig pile-up on the track when the porkers spied a piece of paper under foot. Whoa boy! They acted like pigs, chomping down until spectators urged them on to the business at hand and pried the prize from their snouts. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Tiny towns offer monster entertainment: Nevis Pig Races

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The fourth annual Nevis Pig Races attracted nearly 700 people, by latest estimates. The family-friendly event featured the usual hams, at left, face painting, games and porcine wagers. But pigs will be pigs. One race stopped abruptly and resulted in a pig pile-up on the track when the porkers spied a piece of paper under foot. Whoa boy! They acted like pigs, chomping down until spectators urged them on to the business at hand and pried the prize from their snouts. Above center Brooke Anderson, 13 months, of Nevis, gave her best pig face and displayed her hot pink-sprayed locks. At right, ringmaster Gary Dauer kept the action moving while the pigs cooled off. In between races, kids were invited to hula hoop and jump rope contests.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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