Delaware has a rich racing history between horse racing and NASCAR, but during this year's state fair a new kind of racing is taking place in Harrington, pig racing. The Florida based Coronas of Hollywood brought Circus Hollywood, a menagerie of animals and their racing pigs to the fairgrounds this year.
Serge Coronas Jr., the son of Serge Coronas Sr. who began the circus, has been racing pigs for the last 13 years.
"Everyone loves the pig races because they're funny," Coronas said. "If people enjoy themselves our job is done."
There are three types of races in a Hollywood pig race. The first is an obstacle course where two pigs are pitted against each other to see which one can crawl through a tunnel, doge through hanging flags and make it to the finish line first. The second type of race is a pot belly pig race. For the third and final act seven pigs are unleashed on the tiny track to see who will come out on top.
Lletsira Landkas, another member of the Hollywood Racing Pigs team has trained her fair share of pigs and she knows what it takes to make motivated racers.
"We train them by racing them," Landkas said. "We help them learn to race by giving them a cookie at the end. Then they know that if they race they get a treat at the end."
Landkas says that the pigs are very smart. It only takes two or three days to train them to race, she said
Landkas is responsible for releasing the pigs from the gates, while Coronas Jr. announces, they also get some help from Arianna, Landkas's daughter. She helps with the pig rooters, audience members who are selected to cheer on a pig, Arianna is also responsible for passing out prizes to the rooter with the winning pig. Arianna is also training her own racing pig
"I like pig racing because I like helping," Arianna said. "I have my own pig named Sofia. She can't race now because she's too little, but she'll race when she gets bigger."
Zachary Klinkborg, of Hartly, got the chance to be a pig rooter during a Hollywood pig race on Saturday.
"I wanted to be a pig rooter because I live on a farm and we have pigs," Klinkborg said. "I thought it was fun. I'm used to seeing pigs but it was funny seeing them run."