The annual Pigtown Festival took place Saturday afternoon with everyone’s favorite pig-running spectacle, Squeakness. Pigtown’s name dates to the late 1800s, when pigs were herded through the streets on the way to the slaughterhouse. These days it’s a little different, with the pigs racing for fun and being cheered on for their cuteness — not their contribution to breakfast.

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Festival attendees cheer and snap photos as a group of pigs race during the Pigtown Festival in Baltimore, MD on September 30, 2023
Festival attendees cheer and snap photos as a group of pigs races. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Announcer David Feimster releases a group of pigs to race. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
A child wears a pig snout while waiting for the next race. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Attendees wait for the next pig race. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
A clock shows the time of the next race. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
A child wears a pig snout while waiting for a race. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Luna Coates, 5, runs through bubbles made by Bubbleverse’s Lindsey Noel during the Pigtown Festival in Baltimore, MD on September 30, 2023. (
Luna Coates, 5, runs through bubbles made by Bubbleverse’s Lindsey Noel. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Festival attendees look on as contestants compete in a pie-eating contest. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)
Steph Compton celebrates winning a pie eating contest during the Pigtown Festival in Baltimore, MD on September 30, 2023.
Steph Compton celebrates winning the pie-eating contest. (Craig Hudson/For the Baltimore Banner)

Kaitlin Newman is a photojournalist specializing in multimedia coverage. Her main areas of focus are politics, conflict, feature and breaking news. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from Towson University, which is where she is also the professor of photojournalism.

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