Sabinal goes hog wild this weekend

Print
Email
|

by Eric Gonzales / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 9:03 PM

How long does it take to catch a wild hog? Competitors are lining up to find out.

Starting Friday night the small town of Sabinal will be wild-hog headquarters for several thousand people this weekend. It's all in an effort to catch a hog by the hand. 

March 23-24 is the 26th annual Wild Hog Festival in Sabinal, Texas. They have a population of only 1,500, but this weekend they expect more than 10,000 people to show up. 

There will be about 100 hogs brought into town to be chased down in a pen set up in the football field.  

Some of the animals weigh up to 100 pounds. The hogs aren’t killed or harmed and are leased out just for this weekend. 
 
Around 300 contestants will sign up to catch a hog. They enter the pen as a team, then a hog is released, a whistle blows and the contestants go after the hog. 

The pen is circular in shape so as to avoid any corners. Usually the hog will try to jump the fence but doesn't make it very far. Once one of the team grabs the hog, the other tries to bag it. Then they run it over to a line, and drop it.
 
The fastest to capture the hog win one of three coveted trophies.

"If you're good at it, you have the technique down, you get one of the prized possessions: a buckle, a belt buckle,” said Sabinal Mayor Louis Landeros.
 
 

Print
Email
|