13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Man Vs. Hog

Hog wrestling has been fading from American culture, as concerns over animal cruelty caused many jurisdictions to ban it entirely. But the people of Crivitz, Wisconsin, have kept this messy and raucous tradition alive. Calling itself the hog wrestling capital of the world, this village of fewer than one thousand drew enormous crowds for its 30th annual hog wrestling competition on July 18th, 2015. In true American spirit, the audience always roots for the underdog with chants of “Pig! Pig! Pig!”

This photo is a finalist in The American Experience category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Crivitz, Wisconsin, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7
Copyright: © Caroline Angelo
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