Pigs are one of the animal kingdom's shrewdest members, as evidenced by their frequent dips in the mud, which is where nature keeps its secrets. Watch man match wits with these wily creatures with today's Groupon: for $7, you get admission and a barbecue-plate lunch at Wild Hog Explosion (up to a $14 value) in Bandera. The event is on March 19 in Mansfield Park Gates. Doors open at 10 a.m.
The ninth annual Wild Hog Explosion enthralls fair-goers of all ages with barbecue cook-offs, arts and crafts, and live music leading up to the main event: a rodeo-like competition in which teams of two race to catch a Texas wild hog and haul it across the finish line the fastest. Winners receive a commemorative belt buckle and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Attendants can cheer on junior pig-chasers as they pursue baby porkers, or patrol the food and activity booths before settling in for a mouthful of barbecue with a plate piled high with kielbasa sausage and wild hog.
Other bacon-based activities include brisket and pork-rib cook-offs, with accolades awarded to best pit, best theme, and best use of offal as a fashion accessory. Aficionados of a different type of hog can ogle motorcycles as the Wild Hog Explosion's bike rally and bike show zip by. A full day of activities concludes with an award ceremony dolling at prizes for porcine feats, along with the Gone Hog Wild Dance at The Long Horn Saloon for funky chickens and cloven-foot two-steps.
2886 State Hwy. 16
Bandera, Texas 78003Get Directions