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Lumberjack show, hot dog pig races are part of festival

It's among the latest sports trend and it is coming to Hastings Rivertown Days this week. Hog dog pig racing will be held at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15; at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16; and at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in Jaycee Park.

Pig raising a sport in which young pigs race around a small enclosed dirt, fake grass or gravel track. This racing is usually just for entertainment.

Pig racing is most popular in the southern United States. The annual Houston Livestock Show and rodeo bills itself as the largest in the world, and the second-largest fair or festival of any kind in North America. Besides the pro rodeo events and livestock exhibitions, pig racing is featured.

The newest pig-racing show traveling the United States is hot dog pig races, which include pig racing and dachshunds

Lumberjack show returns

The Timberworks Lumberjack Show will give five performances Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, in Jaycee Park along the Mississippi River.

Show times are 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16; and at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Timberworks Lumberjack Shows have performed and competed at fairs, sports shows, corporate gatherings and specialty events. The shows have been featured on national television, including ESPN's Great Outdoor Games and ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Lumberjack events include:

Hot Saw - modified chain saws slice through 14 inches on aspen in seconds.

Obstacle Course - lumberjacks use a variety of old time and modern lumberjack tools to finish this relay race.

Speed Climb- Competitors race up and down a 45-foot pole in a couple of seconds.

Axe throw - From a distance of 20 feet, the lumberjacks aim for the five-inch bulls-eye at the center of the target.

Springboard Chop- By notching the tree and inserting a board, a springboard could climb up the tree and chop off the treetop.

Logrolling - Logrollers bounce and spin on the log.

Admission to the Jaycee Park area is by Rivertown Days button or Rivertown Days T-shirt.