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Davis, California

Friday, February 23, 2024

Farmers Market pigs out

Randii MacNear is not usually flaunting pigtails, a pink wig and a curly tail, but at Saturday’s event the Davis Farmers Market executive director became Ms. Piggy.

Once a year, the market celebrates Pig Day, a steady Davis tradition for 19 years. The fun-filled day includes piglets for petting, pink pig balloons at every stall and even a big bad wolf huffing and puffing around the market.

Jim Nielsen brought four Hampshire pigs from his farm near Woodland, and from 8 a.m. to noon. the brown – not pink – piggies had the spotlight at Central Park. Everyone, including children, adults and students, wanted to pet a piglet.

“It’s a good crowd,” MacNear said of the crowded market walkway and activity tables filled with small children and parents.

Davis resident Paul Itoi experienced his first Pig Day with his 2-year-old and 3-year-old children. He said he enjoyed the Davis Parents Nursery School booths where market goers could craft pig ears and noses.

“[Pig Day] is pretty impressive,” Itoi said. “The kids love petting the pigs.”

SASHA LEKACH can be reached at city@theaggie.org.


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