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Pig races hamstrung by rain

Curly-tailed cuties during the demostration run at the Peak Pig Races and Music Muster.
Curly-tailed cuties during the demostration run at the Peak Pig Races and Music Muster. Claudia Baxter

THE overcast sky may have kept the punters away, but it didn't stop the pigs from racing at the sixth Peak Pig Races and Music Muster on Saturday.

Organiser Neil Duddy said the event was again spoiled by the weather, with five of the six events in its history washed out.

Despite the disappointment, Mr Duddy said planning was under way for next year's charity race day, which supports Ipswich Junior Rugby League and the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.

The event was held at Swifts Rugby League club at Purga, with a mini-obstacle course set up for the pigs to race through.

"It's pretty gut-wrenching, but I'm still looking positive with it," a disappointed Mr Duddy said.

"It has the potential to be a major fundraiser."

A piglet is held aloft for potential bidders to inspect during the race auction at the pig races.
A piglet is held aloft for potential bidders to inspect during the race auction at the pig races.

The rain itself didn't stop the five planned pig races, which auctioned off the pigs bearing spoof names of rugby league players. As the auction started, the crowd gathered to make their bids.

The biggest bid reached about the $180 mark.

Even though crowd numbers were down, it didn't affect their appetite to pick a winner.

"They still sold. I was surprised they did as well as they did," Mr Duddy said.

A sideshow alley attracted the attention of the children with bouncing castles, slides and rock climbing, as their parents tried their luck picking the fastest pig in the field.

"The venue was great and the fireworks, everyone was impressed by them," Mr Duddy said.

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