"So many guinea pigs. Everywhere, " exclaimed a girl to her brother as they peered at the furballs scampering around the pen. Herds of guinea pigs and their owners turned up to support the Bay Area Pignic last Saturday.
It was the warmest BA Pignic to date, with temperatures hovering in the mid 80s. Nevertheless, the heat couldn't keep people away. Over 150 attendees and 90 guineas came out to the event. Volunteers were kept busy giving health checks to feisty cavies while the registration table was a constant buzz of activity. I had my hands full wrangling frisky boars in the communal pen. There were even two very well behaved service dogs waiting patiently in the shade.
As usual, the costume contest was a hit. There was a mermaid, a crocodile, a dragon, a hot dog chef, and a pair that came as a rabbit and a magician. Cupid, Batman, Elton John, and Johnny Cash's guinea pig counterparts also made an appearance. Another standout was the guinea pig dressed as a pig. My favorite was the cavy outfitted as an orange crayon, complete with miniature easel. The raffles, veggie eating contest, and surprise guinea pig wedding also drew crowds.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out and helped to make Pignic a success! We raised $1,500 to support local guinea pig rescues!
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