2021 Pine Bend Pig Race

Pine Bend Continues Pig Race Tradition After Neighbors Inc. Donation
Posted on 02/15/2021
2021 Pine Bend Pig Race starting lineThis fall, Pine Bend Elementary School collected donations for a local food shelf, Neighbors Inc. The non-profit social services organization offers emergency and supportive services to northern Dakota County residents. Students gathered 682 pounds of donated food for Neighbors Inc. The annual donation drive not only helps stock the local pantry for winter, it also leads into a Pine Bend tradition: the school’s annual Pig Race.

Classes are allowed to enter one electronic pig in the race for every 50 pounds of food they donate. Pig handlers are chosen from each class to start their class’s pig at the race’s starting line and release it once the race begins. Pine Bend students typically gather in the gym to watch. To abide by health and safety measures this year, pig handlers brought their class’s pig to the gym to race while classes watched and cheered on their pig over Zoom.

This year, two pigs tied: one from Ms. Empey’s class and one from Ms. Gagne’s class. Each class will get an ice cream party as their prize. Great job to all of the students who donated food to help their neighbors, and congratulations to the Pig Race winners!