THE ATHLETES: The pigs have been training for this weekend's race.
THE ATHLETES: The pigs have been training for this weekend's race. Georja Ryan

Little pigs ready to fly

THE curly tailed athletes are preparing for this weekend's big race - and it's not the one at Allman Park.

The Bike Thru a Bar pig races will kick off at 1pm on Saturday at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve and owner of Noah's Farm Kev Kiley said they were raring to go.

At five weeks old, the piglets have been learning to run a small obstacle course in preparation for their debut.

Come Saturday, they will don their capes and get ready to race.

"When they hear the fanfare music, they get all hyped up and ready to go," Mr Kiley said.

The pig races are a new element to the annual Bike Thru a Bar charity event co-ordinator Elaine Wenham said the committee was excited to have the special guests.

"We are hoping to attract a wider audience and make it an entertaining day," Mrs Wenham said.

While the pig races doesn't kick off until after lunch, the Bike Thru a Bar celebrations begin tomorrow.

Gates open at 8am and the preparations will begin.

Tomorrow night, karaoke and an auction to decide who will ride through the bar first and the bar is open until midnight.

Saturday will have the show n' shine display, stalls, the ride through the bar, entertainment into the night and much more.

Treasurer Les Aspery said the whole weekend was to raise money for their chosen charities, the Ulysses Arthritis Foundation, Leukaemia Foundation and RACQ CareFlight.

Admission is $5 for people 13 years and up, with the Bike Thru a Bar ride $15.

Camping is also available on site.



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