To a chorus of squeals and cheers from the surrounding stands, little pigs hoof it around a bound racetrack late Friday afternoon in search of victory. A few of them, well, just settle for eating some of the grass they pass along the way.
Some pigs are just hungrier for glory.
Or, hungrier for an extra portion anyway.
Waylen Herdman, an announcer and pig handler for the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs attraction at the Orange County Fair, said that the smarter the pigs are, the faster they realize that winning a race — or several races, depending on the luck of the hog — means that they usually get a little extra food or a treat. The laggers get another kind of attention.
Herdman’s fellow hog wrangler, Randy Garfield, joked that the least motivated pigs tend to be the ones that are the crowd favorites.
“They trot around this track. They do crazy stuff. They’ll run out of the gate…