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This little piggy goes to Pike Place Market
Brandon Ilenstine has a big, golden pig in his Snoqualmie garage. It's not an ancient idol, it's "Heart of Gold," his entry in Seattle's return of Pigs on Parade, part of the Pike Place Market's 100th anniversary celebration.
Each pig is supposed to reflect an aspect of Seattle's history. Ilenstine chose the gold rush era and decorated his fiberglass pig with gold flake automobile spray paint.
"Once he's out in the sun, he's just going to shine," Ilenstine said.
Ever since he saw the pigs in the original 2001 Pigs on Parade in downtown Seattle, Ilenstine - who has lived in Snoqualmie with his wife Diane since 2005 - said he wanted to decorate one of his own. When he heard they were coming back for the market's centennial, he first thought he had missed the application deadline. However, he walked by the "pig pen" where the fiberglass pigs were stored in downtown Seattle on his lunch break and asked if any pigs were available. There were some left; he applied the next day and got his pig.
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