Nevis Pig Races remain on pause

If and when the Nevis Pig Races might return is unknown.

This photo was taken the last time Nevis held pig races.
Enterprise 2019 file photo.

The pig races brought large crowds to town each July, filling the bleachers in the middle of town. The event was first canceled in 2020 because the state’s COVID-19 restrictions prohibited large gatherings. As the pandemic continued, races in 2021 were once again canceled.

This year, Nevis Chamber director Nancy Lewis said that pig wrangler Gary Dauer of Leader, who brought his pigs to Nevis and other towns, made the decision to not travel around the state doing races for personal reasons and is only holding races in his hometown.

“We would like to see the races return, but it’s all dependent on what Gary decides to do in the future,” Lewis said.

“Nevis has lots of other fun things for people to do in the summer. We have a beautiful sandy swimming beach on Lake Belle Taine, two parks with new playground equipment, the Heartland Trail in the center of town for biking, frisbee golf and easy access to the Paul Bunyan Trail.”

The town’s biggest event, the annual Muskie Days festival, is scheduled for July 22-23. A full list of events is available on the chamber website.


The Chamber welcomes new members. Meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Contact Lewis at for more information and the meeting location.

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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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