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DELPHOS — Among the pig squeals and other voices in the crowd, Rose Morris shouted, “Go, piggy, go!”The encouragement didn't work. The scrawny Tator Dan lost the race to Howard. And with that, Morris lost $10, but to a good cause.The 54th annual Delphos Canal Days offered loads of fun Saturday, but for some nothing beat the second annual Pig Races. Bleachers quickly filled and people, like Morris, stood along the race route enduring the smell and cheering on their pigs.“We came up with it on a whim last year,” said organizer Eric Fritz, who owns a pig business. “People like to have fun and see something different.”The money raised goes back to support future Canal Days. Activities continue today in downtown Delphos.Morris stuck with Tator Dan for all her races. She gave him a little love between races, reaching down to give him a pat. She is the pig's sponsor. Individuals and businesses sponsored pigs and then named them.Deb Siefker won a little cash from the first race, but then switched up her picks for the other races. It is all about the names, she said as she waited for Hell Hound to race.“I just pick a different pig every race. That's a good strategy, don't you think?” she said.While spectators waited for excitement, and maybe even a photo finish, most of the pigs were in no big hurry to get to the finish line 50 feet away. One came out of the gate backwards. A few others stopped midway down, obviously not enticed by the feed incentive at the end.“You have to cheer your pig on,” Siefker said. “Everybody else has duck races or turtle races. This is different.”Charlie Luersman couldn't have cared less what his pig's name was. In fact, he didn't know. He just called him Number 4, stood back and hoped he won. He didn't, and Luersman didn't expect any big wins to come.Don Daley and Paula George picked their lucky numbers, three and six. In their first race, that meant they wanted Triple Fast or Woody to take the win.“If we win, we might do more,” Daley said. Neither did.Norma Lusk smiled down while watching the pigs come out of the gate.“Go, pig, go,” she said to Gimme Bacon, her pig of choice one particular race because, “I love good bacon.”Gimme Bacon didn't win, but Lusk had smelled success and $8 on an earlier race. The latest defeat wasn't going to stop her from heading to place her next bet.“I still get the excitement out of it,” she said. “It is fun.”

The swine smell of victory

The swine smell of victory

The swine smell of victory
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