Coffs show to attract diving pigs

They're off: Racing pigs will be a popular attraction at the 2011 Coffs Harbour Show.
They're off: Racing pigs will be a popular attraction at the 2011 Coffs Harbour Show. Submitted

RACING pigs and diving pigs will be among the more unusual attractions at the 2011 Coffs Harbour Show in May.

The show committee has booked racing and diving pigs to perform on two days – Saturday and Sunday – while the show itself will run for three days, from May 13 to 15.

The pigs will come to Coffs Harbour straight after performing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

When people think of trained racing animals, pigs are unlikely to be front of mind and Michael Vandeleur of MTV Promotions is Australia’s only professional pig racing trainer.

He has honed his skills over 17 years and his team of 10 pigs has performed in every state and territory in Australia.

The daredevil team will compete in ‘squeal-a-second’ sprints at the local show.

He said his racing pigs were extremely competitive and covered the 36 metre track in a little over five seconds.

“How they finish depends largely on how well they get out of the barrier,” he said.

“The finale of the production is when Miss Piggy climbs to the top of her diving platform and dives into a specially designed pool which is about four metres from the platform.”

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