The pigs are here!

The famous Peak Crossing Mini-Pig Races are coming to town!

The famous Peak Crossing Mini-Pig Races are coming to town!

A new location for the Pig Day Out also heralds all new attractions for the free event.

As well as the famous Peak Crossing Mini-Pig Races, this year you’ll hear live music, aim at the Hillbilly Shootout, see emergency services demonstrations, fire twirling and even some classic cars and hot rods.”

Have you ever been to a mini pig race? They are so cute – you can ‘buy’ one at the race auctions, name him and then take the proceeds if your little piggy gets to the feed first.

You’ll also find a very popular Bucking Bull, milking cow contest, baby animal petting zoo, market stalls – including the Top Shops Craft marketers, licensed bar, Devonshire tea and a hot food van with delicious lunches.

There are loads of prizes from accommodation and tours to fuel vouchers.

Held on the June long weekend, the annual Pig Day Out raises money for melanoma and the school. It is the third year it has been run, in the loving memory of Bruce and Terri Geissmann’s daughter Kelly, who passed away from melanoma three years ago.

“Kelly loved kids,” Terri smiles. “For us, it is all about the kids. Kelly’s birthday was the fifth of June, and she always said ‘that long weekend is for me’.”

And in Kelly’s memory, the weekend is all about children – colouring in competitions, bike and scooter decorating competitions, jumping castle, face painting and more.

But there is also a serious side to the day. A melanoma clinic and free sunscreen from Sunsense will help get the message out to protect and check your skin.

As Terri and Bruce know, Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among adolescents and young adults, accounting for more than one-quarter of all cancers among Australians aged 15–29 years.

There is still time to be involved in the Pig Day Out – contact the Rainbow Beach State School P&C on 0419 464 254 or email to find out more or call in and see Bruce and Terri at Rainbow Beach Hardware, Fishing ‘n’ Camping.

It all begins on Saturday June 6, with a sausage sizzle from 11am – 2pm at Rainbow Beach Hardware Fishing ‘n’ Camping, followed by Karaoke that night at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club.

Then on Sunday June 7, it’s a Pig Day Out from 11am at the Rainbow Beach Community Centre.

Join in the fun for young and old – it’s a fantastic weekend to be in Rainbow Beach!

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