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A squealing good time at the State Fair

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Fair goers line up hours before the race starts to make sure they get a good seat. Fair goers line up hours before the race starts to make sure they get a good seat.
Zach Johnson is the Swine Master for Swifty Swine Pig Races. Zach Johnson is the Swine Master for Swifty Swine Pig Races.
People were also given the chance to take pictures with their favorite pigs. People were also given the chance to take pictures with their favorite pigs.

By Laura Ararat, Carolina News

The South Carolina State Fair is back in town and so are the pig races. Fair visitors line up hours in advance to make sure they get a good seat to see the pigs in action.

These pigs, with names like Swifty and Kevin Bacon, are trained to be racers from the time they are three to four weeks old. And an Oreo cookie motivates these pigs to be the very best.

"The winner gets the cookie and the losers get the crumbs. That's the way it is in life and that's the way it is here at the pig races", says Zach Johnson.

Johnson is the swine master who runs Swifty Swine Pig Racing at the fair. He has several pig race teams that travel to state fairs all around the country.

"It's my life long dream to be a pig racer because I couldn't afford a NASCAR. So I'm like okay I couldn't afford a NASCAR let's try racing pigs. My wife said okay let's try it and that was 20 years ago and we've been racing pigs ever since", said Johnson.

These pigs are well trained but sometimes things don't always go as planned.

"One time I had one that jumped over the fence and took off through the carnival", says Johnson.

Swifty the pig may be the star of the show but he isn't hogging all of the spotlight. There's also Brad Pig, Lindsay Loham, Barrack of ribs Obama, and Donald Trumproast.

The pigs race every afternoon from 1:00 to 8:30 p.m. Get there early to make sure you get a front row seat to see your favorite pig race around the track. This event is guaranteed to be a squealing good time.

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