The 5th Annual Minnesota Pignic was held
June 26, 2004 at the Bald Eagle/Otter Lakes Regional Park in
White Bear Lake. The park was lovely, weather and attendence
was good. About 60 pig loving people showed up and we had 72
guinea pigs to oohhh and aahhh over! Oh, and one rabbit!!
I brought along 5 of my "adoptables"
as well - 3 of which have since been adopted. Only the Bad Boys
(now named Calvin and Hobbes) remain from that group. You can
read more about them in the Are These
Minnesota Pigs Waiting For You? article at this web site.
This is the 6th pignic Lynn Kowalski has
organized (there were 2 last year). This year Lynn had help from
Allysse Henry in planning and setting up the pignic. These gals
did a terrific job! There was fun and games, picture taking,
great food, and lots of schmoozing about guinea pigs and admiring
Linda of Kleenmama's Hay Loft (www.kmshayloft.com) kindly donated a box
of lovely hay. Folks were welcome to put mounds of it in the
piggy exercise pens and could even take a bag of it home with
them. Jodi and her daughter Dayna helped run a Piggie Poop Game
(you'll have to use your imagination on that one), and Aiden
handled Piggy Spotlights - a chance for proud owners to stand
up in front of everybody and talk (OK, brag) about their guinea
pig. Loudly, with a microphone.
Allysse organized a raffle to help raise
money for the needy little furballs at Jack Pine Guinea Pig Rescue.
People loved the neat items available and ticket sales were brisk.
Deb Seledic also had a table with very cool handmade items available
(such as beaded jewelry and baked treats), with proceeds going
to the Jack Pine rescue. I am very grateful to all the folks
who helped raise money or donated money for my guinea pigs. Donations
will be put to good use. My goal this year is to replace many
of the cages here with larger cages, and to upgrade other cages
with shiny new pans.
Artist Lea Martin (SuzyQsGifts), formerly from Minnesota but
now languishing in Iowa, was unable to make it to this years
pignic - but she did send some of her wonderful guinea pig collectibles
up. Pig owners always enjoy browsing through Lea's lovely artwork
and handmade items. This year she had some darling hand sown
plush guinea pigs for sale, in a variety of colors and patterns.
I had fun chatting with friends and meeting
folks I've only corresponded with through email. We even had
some gals from rabbit rescue drop by to see just what a pignic
was all about. They stayed for quite a while, I think they enjoyed
themselves. It was very nice to meet them and hear about rabbit
Pictures of this years Pignic can be seen
Watch this website for news next spring
regarding the 6th Annual Minnesota Pignic. I'll post information
as soon as I get it, so piggy people can start making plans to
This article and the JPGPR.com
logo are © 1993-2004 Vicki Palmer Nielsen - Jack Pine Guinea
Pig Rescue. No copyright is asserted herein regarding the photographs
accompanying the article; copyrights, if any, of the photographs
are retained by the original holders. If you would like to reproduce
anything from the website, please first e-mail Vicki at JPGPR@aol.com for permission.