Sunday, June 11, 2000

Pigs on parade at Fountain Square 'PigNic'




By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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George Galbraith of Green Township shows of his pig hat.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Ashley Jackson, 11, has the entire pig jig down pat.

        First, clap your hands. Then put your hands on your hips and stomp your feet. And then the finale — turn around and wiggle your curly tail.

        Ashley, of downtown, demonstrated the dance as she blew into her “Hog Sound Wild” instrument, which made an oinking sound.

        An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people wiggled their way through Kahn's World's Largest PigNic Saturday at Fountain Square.

        The square was filled with families watching jugglers, children getting faces painted, live music and pig watching.

        “I came to see all the amazing pigs that are so clever and creative,” said Leslie Kreines of Amberley Village.

        Babe, a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig owned by Frank Traina of Campbell County, was the center of attention as children rushed to pet him. But most were downtown to see some of what eventually will be nearly 400 fiberglass pigs designed by artists and schoolchildren.

        Darlene Anderson of Indian Hill, a member of the Big Pig Gig's planning committee, said even she had not viewed the porkers on parade.

        “I was trekking in the Himalayas (for four weeks) and I just got back,” she said. “They're great, they're darling.”

        Other people weren't as moved by the city's summer-long outdoor public art event that celebrates Cincinnati's Porkopolis heritage.

        Terry Serena of Hyde Park stood close to Tyler Davidson Fountain, wearing a white shirt splattered with red stage blood and a hat with pig ears attached.

        “I think what this does is glorify Cincinnati's slaughterhouse heritage, past and present,” he said. “It just allows people to avoid the real subject of what these animals go through.”

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