Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tillamook County Fair Pig and Ford Races - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

Tillamook County Fair 'Pig and Ford Races' - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

When making your summer plans, consider coming to stay with us in August during the "World Famous Pig-N-Ford Races" at the Tillamook County Fair.  This is an Oregon Coast event you shouldn't miss!

If you've never experienced this, come and join us! Each year, we do our best to go to the Tillamook County Fair. Since we are located in the middle of dairy country and farm country, this Tillamook County Fair shows off the best of this community. Hob nob with the cows, pigs, llamas and locals. It's a great time and we try our best to attend each year.

The Pig-N-Ford races have been featured on the Today Show, many news outlets and here's a picture from National Geographic!

Drivers use stripped model T Fords with stock mechanicals. Five cars are lined up with the engines off at the start line of the horse racing track. Drivers stand next to the grandstands. When the starter pistol fires, the drivers run to the opposite side of the front straight, grab a live 20-pound pig from a bin, then must hand-crank their car and drive it one lap. They then stop, kill the engine, get a different pig, and race another lap. The first driver to complete three laps in this manner without losing their pig is the winner. The race was first run in 1925. The "official" story is that two local farmers were chasing a runaway pig in their Model Ts and were having so much fun, they decided it should be a race at the next county fair. The Pig-N-Ford Races have been run every year since 1925. Drivers belong to the Tillamook County Model T Pig-N-Ford Association, and membership is often a life-long affair. Cars and memberships are often passed down through families or sold to close friends. Some of the cars that first ran in 1925 are still on the track today

Now, who would have thought that Pigs could fly on the Oregon Coast?

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activity #29, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

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