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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:52

Annual Denman Pig Races to raise more money for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

Story from Muswellbrook Chronicle - Cody Tsaousis

THIS little piggy went to the markets, this little piggy ventured to the show, this little piggy used the jumping castle, this little piggy had fun… and this little piggy cried “win, win win” all the way home.

The Denman Pig Races are set to return for another year as they prepare to raise more money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Food, drinks, children’s entertainment, market stalls and a vintage car display will all be available on the day, which will take place at the Denman Recreational Oval on Saturday, October 20.

The event raised approximately $20,000 in 2017, contributing to almost a third of what the Denman Westpac Rescue Helicopter Support Group was able to generate last year, as they cleared the $60,000 mark.

They had more than 1100 people in attendance 12 months ago. And, president of the support group Tim Freeman said the race’s uniqueness is what piques people’s interest. “It’s something new, entertaining and a fun way to raise money,” he admitted. “People who attend the day will have an absolute ball, it’s going to be a great, fun day for all ages.”

The Drought Buster Bus will be on site too, with South Sydney NRL, the Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services sponsoring the relief advice vehicle.

Mr Freeman announced former NRL players would be coming out on the day to help with a variety of issues. “We have about 10 ex-rugby league stars joining us for the day,” he said.

“Their role is supporting rural drought-stricken areas by encouraging families to take the day off from their regular routine. “The players spend time with the kids teaching them ball skills and giving them training tips, they bring a huge blow up ball passing stand that is sure to keep the kids happy while mum and dad enjoy a relaxing time out.”

Gates open at 10am and the races start at noon, entrance fee is just $10 per adult and $5 per minor.

The community fan favourite looks set for another strong year and everyone involved should have a great day, not least of which the little squeaking competitors themselves.


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