I love the small town I live it. It is just far enough away from Portland to feel like it is in the middle of nowhere but close enough to my office that the commute is just right with very little traffic as I wind across the pine sheltered Cornelius Pass.
Like other small towns in this country we will be hosting a little festival to celebrate the town on July 12-14. This year will include a beer garden, softball tournament, 5k run, and unfortunately a Greased Pig Scramble.
I love my little town but this just breaks my heart. It might seem like fun for kids to chase a scared little pig around a muddy field but that little pig most certainly is really scared and the chances of him or her getting hurt are very high. There must be a better way to entertain kids and amuse on looking parents.
I realize some people are going to think I’m making too much of this but I just don’t think scaring an innocent being is in any way fun. Can you imagine being that little pig thrown into a loud, strange environment with people chasing you and trying to tackle you? To me that seems like a very lonely, terrifying situation to be in. So I’m sending a note to the festival organizers to ask them to cancel this event. If you want to help out please submit your comments to the Scappoose Boosters.
It really is a small town and I may get some backlash over this but really? A greased pig scramble? Small town or not, we are better than that.
Scappoose Boosters: http://scappooseboosters.org/contact/