Thursday, September 17, 2009

Swine flu wrestling

"A pig pushes its nose through the side of a trailer before the Ultimate Pig Wrestling event at Salem Rodeo Arena in Salem on Saturday evening. The event was sponsored by Lazy A Ranch in Payson."

Last summer, my good friend Monica Lopossay covered a pig wrestling event in Maryland. I was extremely jealous and even though she only got a couple minutes to shoot it, due to a tight deadline, she blew it up...or as we say, "melted yer face off."

After that, I did everything I could to cover one myself. Well, after numerous phone calls and scheduling, I found one in Pennsylvania.

But it then quickly got canceled. The organizer began receiving complaints from animal-rights groups. There was also word of a possible boycott of his business and a threat of violence.

Needless to say, I never witnessed swine flu wrestling

Well, when I read a preview story in our paper this week, I knew I had to go down there whether or not I was working. I ended up having the day off, but met our intern down there to shoot for myself.

After seeing it first hand, my opinions are mixed about the "sport." You judge for yourself.

EDIT: This is the frame Detrick was talking about: Click Here


Blogger Chris Detrick said...

nice pics. where is the sweet pic of the swine nose pushing through the fence?

Friday, September 18, 2009 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger Kendrick Brinson said...

awesome photos, patrick! so many favorites. looks like a lot of fun.

Friday, September 18, 2009 7:28:00 AM  
Blogger Drew Angerer said...

awesome, what a blast.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Drew Angerer said...

awesome, what a blast.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger lopo said...

Nice wrap Patrick! I do love the pig nose/fence shot as well. it def looks like your guys might have been more rough on the piggies than the one I shot here...PETA was suppose to show up to that event, but never did...cus it was POURING rain and freezing and animal rights don't like being cold, nor wet, I guess? ;) keep your eye up, fella!

Monday, September 21, 2009 1:14:00 PM  

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