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Local firefighters to compete in 38th PIG Bowl

Charity is the winner
By: Staff Report
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Locals Will Felkins and Ryan Bowman are among the Rocklin firefighters who will compete in Sacramento’s 38th annual PIG Bowl, California State University Sacramento, Jan. 28. These guys have volunteered to put on the pads for the Dogs in an effort to defeat the Hogs in this annual meeting for charity. For the first time this year, a woman will suit up to play for the Hogs. Her name is Jennifer Bloom, and she’ll be wearing No. 37. The event raises nearly $50,000 per year and is distributed to a variety of charities, schools, and organizations, including the Firefighter’s Burn Institute. Also on the list are Mustard Seed School, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Toy Project, Volunteers In Victims Assistance, WIND Youth Services, and Families in Early Autism Treatment. This year the Blue Star Moms will also collect items to place in care packages for our fighting men and women overseas. Please visit www.pigbowl.com for suggested items. The game used to be between the officers of law enforcement and the personnel from the sheriff’s department. In 2003, the game was changed to Guns and Hoses as the firefighters entered the contest against law enforcement. The Dogs got off to a slow start, but finally defeated the Hogs, 9-6, in 2008. The Dogs again won in 2010, 29-22, but lost an overtime thriller last year, 33-27. The game is complete with pregame festivities, and a halftime tribute to 9-11. The cost to get in is $10 for adults, children admitted free. The game also features all the pageantry of football, including cheerleaders, tailgate parties, and a rib-eating contest. To date, the event has raised more than $1.3 million benefitting the entire Sacramento area.