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Pigs ham it up during races at Oklahoma State Fair

BY CARLA HINTON Published: September 26, 2009
One could call Zach Johnson a ham and he would consider it a compliment.

As the self-described "swine master” of Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Johnson knew how to give a "squealing good time” Friday at the Oklahoma State Fair.

The day’s first show drew about 200 people to the pig-racing stands set up on Gordon Cooper Boulevard at State Fair Park.

Johnson told the crowd that the "power porkers” they came to see were motivated not by glory — but Oreo cookies.

No matter, folks just wanted to see the little pigs race around the track.

First up were Kevin Bacon, David Hasselhog, Brad Pig and Simon Sowell. Then Hamma Montana, Sarah Jessica Porker, Brittney Spareribs and Lindsay Loham raced around the track toward their finish-line treat.

The third and last group included four pigs noticeably larger than the first two groups, which Johnson said were about 5 weeks old.

The bigger swine engaged in what Johnson called the "Battle of the Big 12.” The hammy quartet represented local favorites like the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

A pig wearing the University of Texas Longhorns’ orange got a rather cool reception from the audience when he was introduced. The fourth touted Texas A&M.

Children sitting in the stands cheered loudly when the swine wearing OU’s crimson and cream beat the others to win the Big 12 pig race.

Johnson, 38, said he liked that race because the audience seemed to get a lot of fun out of it.

"I usually have Shaquille O’Squeal or something like that, but we’re in football country,” he said.

View State Fair Story Wall Special Coverage: Oklahoma State Fair

Swifty Swine racing pigs

→When: 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

→Where: Gordon Cooper Boulevard, State Fair Park.

→Cost: Free with state fair admission.

→Information: www.okstatefair.com.

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