Racing At The Fair!
The attractions at the Tioga County Fair may change from year to year! Well, this time it has been fourteen years since these pigs have raced at the fair so they are a welcome addition to the line-up! They’re back and fun to watch!
Dennis and Sharon Cook started Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs thirty years ago and have been entertaining at county and state fairs ever since!
Home Page correspondent Shawn Starks caught up with their son Brent, aka swine master, to find out about the amazing animals who race. (view broadcast video) Some questions answered on the broadcast are: how long do they race, why are the animals named after NASCAR drivers, and where you do find the animals to race?
When Brent was asked why his attraction had more than just pigs racing, he replied,” Pig racing has always been a very popular attraction at the fair but we wanted to be different with our company, we didn’t just want to race pigs but we wanted to add different types of animals like racing goats and racing ducks. And that just makes our show different than other shows that you see out here traveling working the county and state fairs.”
Home Page correspondent Gracie Bishop also asked Brent questions about the racing animals. She asked where do you find the animals and Brent explained that all of the animals are born and raised on their farm. Then they are trained to run the track so they can entertain those who come to watch at the fairs.
Brent is very kind to his animals and the interaction between him and them is enjoyable to watch. Audience participation when Brent chooses people to root for specific animals to win! Prizes are awarded to the winners!
There is a sign at his attraction that reads John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. At the end of his performances, he usually bids you farewell with his southern hospitality and accent reminding you that Jesus loves you.
Brent lives in Newton, North Carolina with his wife Stephanie and their three sons.
Schedule for the races are as follows: