Two men in tuxedos will roll 22 of the 26 new pigs down a runway at the Lexington Municipal Club on Tuesday night as a biography is read of each pig. The other four pigs, larger than the rest, will be revealed onstage by the drawing of a curtain.

People attending the event will also have a chance to meet the artists, who, said Greg Turlington, president of Uptown Lexington Inc., have surpassed their work from the project's first two well-received years.

This year's litter includes Pigabunga, a pig surfer dude designed by Jan Fritts for M&L Motor Co., and SunSwine Sally, a bikini-clad sow created by Andrea Campbell for Breeden Insurance.

Beeline Swine, a porcine version of LSB The Bank mascot Ellis Bee by Pamela Varela, an LSB senior vice president, will fly between the bank's columns on West Center Street. Brinkley Walser law firm will be represented by Oink-jection, Your Hogner, a pig of a barrister by Doug Schiffbauer.

The displays have attracted national publicity and international tourists and have inspired lines of piggy banks and Christmas ornaments that were popular local holiday presents last year.

In previous years, Uptown has auctioned the pigs as a fund-raiser for the organization. This year, though, Uptown gave the business sponsors the option of paying $2,000, twice the amount of a usual sponsorship, to retain ownership of their pig after the project.

Wednesday and Thursday, Uptown will put the pigs out on the street, where they will be on exhibit until Oct. 15, shortly before this year's Barbecue Festival. The pigs should all be in place by May 26, when Uptown will hold its first "Summer Night Stroll" of the year.

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