As of Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Wanting to promote this year's theme for the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, "PIGnic in the Park," the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation members put their heads together to come up with contests to achieve that goal. The Grandview High School FFA chapter created this year's theme and the foundation sought support from other youth organizations to help with the contest. That's where the Sunnyside High School construction students were able to pitch in. "They constructed several sawhorses for the creative pig contest," said Jake Van Pelt, a member of the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation. He said the project is a fundraiser for the SHS construction program. The foundation approached several area businesses, asking them if they would be interested in decorating a pig for the contest. Many of those businesses now have pigs on display. "It's good for advertising," said Van Pelt. "I'm glad I'm not a judge...it won't be easy to determine a winner," Van Pelt said, stating the pigs will soon be moved to the fairgrounds. The entrants are vying for cash prizes and Van Pelt said each pig is unique. "The foundation wants everyone to have fun," Van Pelt said. Sunnyside businesses showcasing the creative pigs include Columbia Bank, Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery, The Thrift Store, US Bank, Hairworks, Hutchinson's Fruit Stand, Bleyhl Farm Store, Banner Bank and Green Olive.