News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Our annual convention is a time when club members get together to "show & tell" about their pig collectibles, it's a great time for all who attend, kind of like a big family reunion. In 2007 our group will be celebrating things that are pig in Nashville, TN on July 20 and July 21. Most of our conventions have been held in places at or near where at least one of our members live because, members volunteer to be the convention coordinators and it is easiest to hold a convention in a place familiar to the person who does most of the work.
Our club membership consists of all sorts of folks from the US, Canada and Great Britain, from preteens to octogenarians who collect all sorts of pig theme items from Hummels to hog oilers, rare antiques, artifacts and art to Dollar Store and flea market finds, from Porky Pig comics to Olivia and Fred the Detective Books, from small specialized collections to massive eclectic ones. Some of our members own pigs as pets and would never think of eating a pork chop, and some raise pigs for market and wish that more folks would eat "the other white meat" and some of us just can't seem to acquire enough of the inanimate porcine critters. One of our members is listed in the Guinness Book of World records as having the worlds largest pig collection, now numbering over 11,500!
Retired Pig Farmer and Pig Collector, Gene Holt, founded The Happy Pig Collectors Club in 1995. The club is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2005. Four newsletters are published each year, ranging from 16 to 44 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, magazine format, black and white. They contain pictures and stories about fellow member's collections, stories about pigs, Pig-Out reviews that range from where to eat good BBQ to where to view pig collections on display in other eateries, information about pig collectables and leads to buy more, plus other "pig related stuff". There is one newsletter in the fall, one in the winter, one in the spring and one in the summer, though the publishing dates change from year to year (each season contains three months and the newsletters will be published in one of those three months each season).
If you decide to join the club and to receive our newsletter, please know that our dues pay for the publication and mailing of four newsletters each member year. Dues are $25.00 annually for members within the USA and $30.00 for those members outside of the USA. Dues should be sent to:
The Happy Pig Collectors Club
4542 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2117
Or you can pay dues via credit card using Pay Pal. Just forward payment to our PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org remember to include your name and mailing address when you do that. Although a "formal" application form is not required to join our club. You can print a copy of it from our web pages (linked