Smarter than your average pig
CENTREVILLE — Tucked away in the corner across from Kidde Land at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair has been one of the newest and biggest draws to this year’s fair, a draw that can bring laughs and smiles to the whole family.
The Pork Chop Revue is a free 20-minute animal comedy and variety show at the fair that has had three shows a day in the afternoon all of fair week. It features a variety of trained animals, with four pigs, including Oink the Singing Pig, two goats and even a llama, doing stunts and other antics for the audience.
“There’s all kinds of big pigs, little pigs, hogs, and they jump hurdles and do sports agility,” Les Kimes, who runs the Pork Chop Revue and hosts the show as “Cousin Grumpy,” said. “It’s a lot of comedy and a fun show.”
The show originates from Myakka City, Fla., a town about 25 miles east of Sarasota, and was started back in 1956 by Kimes’ father, Boyd.
“He had always trained animals all the time.