Glen Innes Racing Pigs 2017

GOOD CAUSE: Organisers couldn't believe how much money was raised (over $6000) at the 2015 Pig Races. Photo: Tony Grant.
GOOD CAUSE: Organisers couldn't believe how much money was raised (over $6000) at the 2015 Pig Races. Photo: Tony Grant.

They might be small – but they sure do draw a crowd.

And this weekend some little Warialda pigs will hit the ground running at the Glen Innes Pig Races.

The event, which is back after taking a break in 2016, raises money for the Heart Foundation and the local Netball Association.

Co-organiser Jane Roe said the 2015 event saw a crowd of around 200 people and raised over $6000.

“When I first started out doing pig races I wanted to raise money for the Heart Foundation,” she said.

“Being such a hard job I decided to get some help which is when the Netball Association came onboard.”

But for Ms Roe, fundraising has always been a personal journey.

“I started doing some fundraising when I was living in the Hunter Valley,” she said.

“It all started out as a bit of a joke but then I lost my uncle to a massive heart attack so it all became a bit more serious.”

Gates open at 11am this Sunday (June 25) at the New England Club with the first race to start at 12 noon.

GREAT DAY OUT: The 2015 Pig Races in Glen Innes proved fun for the whole family with face painting and activities galore. Photo: Tony Grant.

GREAT DAY OUT: The 2015 Pig Races in Glen Innes proved fun for the whole family with face painting and activities galore. Photo: Tony Grant.

IN ACTION: A crowd of over 200 people rolled in to watch the pigs race in 2015. This year organisers are hoping for similar numbers. Photo: Tony Grant.

IN ACTION: A crowd of over 200 people rolled in to watch the pigs race in 2015. This year organisers are hoping for similar numbers. Photo: Tony Grant.