r Fatheads, Flatheads, and Four Bangers, oh my! If you were in Springville this past weekend you were likely treated to the invigorating heart thumping rumble of the hogs as they poured out of the parking lot of Legends Vintage Motorcycles. Prior to their departure was another cacophony of sights and sounds. DJ Mike delighted the rally with old rock classics while two well fed chickens defecated on a giant bingo card. Why? For the children of course. The food, the games, the sponsors, and the donations are all part of a large fundraising effort benefiting multiple children’s charities. Still thinking about the chickens are you? Its bingo, except no one calls out a number. The chickens mark the spot. It is exactly as hilariously appalling as it sounds.
All of this and more makes up the annual Run with the Pigs. The primary attraction of the event is the opportunity for civilian riders to share the open road with Utah’s finest. Deputies from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Orem, American Fork, Lone Peak, and Pleasant Grove Police Departments participated in the event. Run with the Pigs is a bike show and poker ride. A poker ride has five designated stops along the route where participants receive a playing card. At the end of the ride those five cards become a poker hand and allow the player the opportunity to win one of the many amazing prizes donated by generous sponsors.
rIt took over six months to plan, prepare, and execute an event of this magnitude. From reaching out to sponsors, designing and distributing the promotional information, to encouraging riders to register and officers to participate. Gathering donations and prizes and then of course setting up tents, cooking, plating, and serving a hearty meal of smoked ribs and baked potatoes. All of these countless man hours can be attributed to volunteers. Friends who love to ride, respect their brothers in blue, and have answered the call to step forward and provide for some very special children.rThis year their benefactors are the annual Spanish Fork Shop with a Cop program which serves nearly 150 underprivileged children each year. The Utah County Children’s Justice Center, a safe place for children and families experiencing the crisis of significant physical or sexual abuse of a child. As well as Team Kid Courage. A non-profit dedicated to helping children with disabilities participate in sporting and other active events.rThe generosity of all involved is truly an inspiring sight. The chicken thing is also a sight, albeit less inspiring. It’s anyone’s guess what shenanigans they’ll introduce next year. Until then keep the dirty side down and the shiny side up.