Each day at Pike Place Market, countless visitors take photos with Rachel the Pig, who sits beneath the Public Market Clock and Sign at the corner of Pike Place.
But most people might not realize who Rachel is, and why she's here. Is she:
A. Paying homage to the pig farmers who founded the market.
B. A bronze version of a pet one of the original craftspeople brought every day to Pike Place Market.
C. A symbol encouraging visitors to "pig out" on Market food.
D. A massive piggy bank.
If you guessed D, you are correct!
Rachel the Piggy Bank is the mascot of Pike Place Market and one of our best public fundraisers. She has been "bringing home the bacon" for The Market Foundation since 1986, raising more than $200,000 and counting to support social services in Pike Place Market.
Rachel arrived at the corner of Pike Place under the iconic “Public Market Center” sign and clock in 1986. She is a bronze cast piggy bank created by Georgia Gerber, a sculptor from Whidbey Island, Washington. Weighing in at 550 pounds (250 kg), Rachel was named after a real 750-pound pig who won the 1985 Island County Fair. Her cousin, Billie the Piggy Bank, arrived in the Market in 2011 and sits on Western Avenue at the bottom of the Hillclimb.
Legend has it that if you rub Rachel's snout and make a donation, you'll have good luck!