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Squeal with delight! Video of Rodeo pig races features our own Hamye West

Squeal with delight! Video of Rodeo pig races features Hamye West

The competition is fierce at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. And no, we're not referring to the bull riding or steer wrestling contests. More than just roping, riding and live music concerts, Rodeo Houston is also home to Kids Country, located in the heart of the carnival-area.

Kids Country offers activities from mutton bustin’ and pony rides to one of our favorite events, the pig races.

 Thanks to our little piggy, you can watch the entire race from the contestant’s perspective (see video above.) 

If you’ve never been to a pig race, you’re in for a treat. First divided up by size (the smallest porkers weigh in between 10-15 pounds while the more voluptuous pigs weigh up to 30 pounds) and gender, a group of perky pigs line up at the starting gate.

Fans of all ages go wild as the piglets, with pop culture-inspired names (think Miranda Hambert, Kelly Pigler, Lady Hoga, and Hammah Montana), race down a 150-foot track towards the finish line. And they do it all in the name of Oreo Cookies; there's a bowl full waiting at the finish line.

We strapped a GoPro to our CulturePig, whom we affectionately named Hamye West. Thanks to our little piggy, you can watch the entire race from the contestant’s perspective (see video above).

Fun for the entire family, the pig races run eight times daily.