IT was raining cats and dogs but the pigs were still able to fly at the Tea Gardens Country Club last weekend.
The inaugural “Pig Day Out’ Family Fun Day drew a huge crowd despite the wet weather.
There were six races contested by seven pigs.
The contenders each had a different coloured racing jacket, their mission to be first past the post after running and jumping through the hay bale course.
Like many Australians, who’ll bet on two flies walking up a wall, there was no shortage of punters or ways to place a bet.
There were raffles and auctions with the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club, the major beneficiary.
The Master of Pig Ceremonies and Auctioneer went by the name of “AKA Jimmy Rasher” his side kick Jeffery Bacon (his real name).
“I was actually calling crab races in Coffs Harbour for four years, when I was scouted by this organisation,” Mr Rasher told News Of The Area.
“I love it, I get to travel all over the country.”
“We go from Cairns to Tasmania and all parts west,” Jimmy said.
Country Club Manager Warren Gooley was also very happy with the turnout.
“It’s definitely going to be an annual event.”
As for the piglets, they race until they are three months.
For the seven little piggies who ran on Saturday, it was their last race.
They’ve now been retired to greener pastures back on the farm.
The day raised $3,000 for the Surf Club.
“Babe” would be impressed.
By Margie TIERNEY