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Nevis suffers from extreme case of 'the swine flew'

Nevis' annual pig races was a bit hit. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)1 / 3
A sweltering pig cheered on the races Sunday in Nevis. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)2 / 3
Nevis' muskie always dons a bright pig nose so it can smell the races. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)3 / 3

It was off to the races Sunday in Nevis when the pigs flew. Not to be confused with swine flu, this was an event of great revelry and rivalry, the young piglets heading out with the bell to gain fame - or infamy - for their sponsors.

Pawlenty proved the prize pig in the Republican primary race with Michelle Bachman coming in second, Newt Gingrich third. Spectator numbers were down a bit from last year - the warm weather and county fair factors - but instigator Dave McCurnin gauged more enthusiasm from the crowd - and the media. In addition to local press, MPR (Minnesota Pig Radio) featured the event on Friday's All Things Considered and Lakeland Public Television arrived with a camera to document the shindig (a.k.a. shinpig). Even the big muskie donned a new snout for the occasion.