Rachel the Pike Place Market pig turns 25


by KING 5 News


Posted on August 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 3:25 PM

SEATTLE - Rachel the Pike Place Market piggy bank celebrates her 25th birthday Wednesday.

The 550-pound bronze sculpture sits in front of the market and is one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions. Pike Place Market celebrated the piggy princess' birthday with a celebration around noon, complete with musical performances and a birthday cake in the exact shape of Rachel.

In lieu of gifts, Rachel is asking that well-wishers donate money to help her reach a goal of raising $2,500 before the end of August. Washington artist Georgia Gerber created the piggy bank in the likeness of a real-life pig – also named Rachel - in 1986 to help raise money for low income and elderly residents of downtown Seattle.

A quarter-century later, Rachel has raised nearly $200,000. On August 17, Rachel celebrates her milestone 25th birthday and fans can join in the celebration.

In lieu of gifts, Rachel is asking for the public’s help in raising $2,500 and reaching 2,500 "likes" through her Facebook campaign during the month of August.

Follow Rachel on Twitter and send her birthday tweets on August 17.

In early February, Rachel was "injured" when a taxi driver involved in an accident hit the gas pedal and plowed into her. She was removed for repairs and went on a "tour" around town before she was placed back in her spot at the market. For more information about Rachel the pig and Pike Place Market, CLICK HERE.

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