Monday, January 10, 2011

What smell? Racing pigs guys want to know

The aroma coming from the Show Me Swine Racers trailer was, uh, pungent.

Didn't bother Joe Smithson and James Crook one bit, as they tended to 14 porkers Monday at the Manatee County Fairgrounds.

"You get used to it," Crook said. "It's an everyday smell to us."

Guess so.

Together, the East Prairie, Mo., natives have worked with racing pigs for 25 years.

Smithson loves to see the look on people's faces when he and his colleague eat their lunch near the aromatic trailer.

"They'll go, 'How can you eat with that smell?'" he said. "We go, 'What smell?'"

"If we weren't around it, we'd be missing it," Crook said.

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