ESCANABA, Mich. (WZMQ) – A few talented animals are putting on a show this week at the U.P. State Fair.
Pork Chop Revue started in 1956, bringing performing animals—including hogs, goats, and a dog—to audiences across the country. The team has been featured on Animal Planet, and they even made it to the quarter-finals of America’s Got Talent.
One of the show’s human hosts, Les Kimes, says people are often surprised to see pigs as large as 750 pounds perform tricks.
“They don’t think that pigs would actually do these,” said Kimes. “They think about dogs doing it, right? I think that’s a big aspect of the show, and it’s just fun. People see our rapport—our relationship—with our animals and how well they’re treated and so on. We’re just having fun and they’re having fun, and usually that makes it to where the people are having fun.”
You can catch Pork Chop Revue at the U.P. State Fair now through Saturday. Thursday showtimes are 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Friday showtimes are 1:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The animals will perform on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
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