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Not only do we have one of the largest "Petting Zoos" in Missouri, but we also boast the second Largest Pig Collection in the World. (The Museum in Germany has about 40k pigs, we have about 30k)
The Collection began with Ross & Susi Honsa...
Susi's late husband Ross, a former Deputy Sheriff began the collection of pigs after Susie gave him a belt buckle with a pig on it, as a practical joke. Since then his collection of plastic porkers, ceramic swine, pewter pigs, hefty hogs, giddy gilts, silly sows & bawdy boars has grown to over 14,500! Ross' dream was to accumulate the World Record Number of Pigs. It's our dream to make Ross' dream come true!
Then came over 3000 more pigs from Lynn Watt in Arizona!
And, the collection continues to grow as owner Cindy Brenneke, friends and family seek out and gather still more pigs on a daily basis.
How Ross's Pigs Got To the Where Pigs Fly Farm
In April of 2013, owner Cindy Brenneke received a call from Beth, the DJ from KEZ 99.9 in Phoenix, Arizona. At first Brenneke thought it was a prank call. However, Beth assured her that each week the morning show would throw a dart at a map and where ever that dart lands they call the business located there—and this was Brenneke's week! They talked for 3-5 minutes about the Where Pigs Fly Farm, Brenneke thanked her and never thought much more about it. Then a few weeks later Brenneke received a call from Susi Honsa in Phillips, WI. Her sister, from Phoenix, AZ had heard the segment with Beth and Brenneke, and told her sister she needed to contact Brenneke at the Where Pigs Fly Farm in Missouri.
Susi's late husband Ross had been collecting pigs since the 70's with the goal of having the largest collection in the world. Unfortunately, though he did achieve having the largest collection in America, there was a lady in Canada with a couple thousand more. Sadly Ross passed away from cancer in 2010, without reaching his goal. His dying wish was for the collection to go where the public could view it.
That's where Brenneke and the Where Pigs Fly Farm came in. Susi called and asked Brenneke if she would be willing to accept the collection and display it for the public. Brenneke told her they would be happy to. On June 15th Erwin Franklin and Brennek left the farm and headed to Phillips, WI. With the help of the Honsa family they spent six hours packing and loading the collection. Back in Missouri they spent over 1000 hours remodeling the barn, photographing, then displaying the incredible collection. This collection is truly remarkable and they look forward to showing it off to as many as possible. Brenneke feels that the late Ross Honsa has brought his collection to them and they want to fullfill his dream. Therefore, when you come to visit, be sure to bring them a pig that they can add to the collection!
The Oliver Family Collection.
Paula and Clay Oliver started collecting pigs in the early 80’s. Finding that first simple “oh isn’t that cute” pig ignited a passion that encompassed the entire family. Everyone wanted to collect the most unusual,
one of kind pigs. All vacations that Paula and Clay took involved the purchase of a pig to remember the trip by. Friends and family enjoyed the hunt for pigs almost as much as Paula and Clay did. Pigs from all over the United States, as well overseas and the Bahamas joined their collection. When just a run of the mill store purchase wouldn’t do, they commissioned original art work of pigs – from carvings made out of stone or wood, to framed art work, to actually adopting a real pig – Marvin! As their collection grew, it spread out over their entire home, not leaving a room untouched by pigs. Paula and Clay lovingly
displayed all the pigs and enjoyed the fond memories they invoked. When Paula passed away in June of 2011, additions to the collection ceased, but not the enjoyment they brought. The pigs remained in
their places and Clay continued to enjoy looking at them and enjoyed reminiscing about them and the happy memories they held. When Clay passed in April of 2015, the family was at a loss as to what to do with the massive collection. It was created with so much love and care that the thought of the
collection being dismantled and given away left them with a heavy heart. So the search began for a “home” for the pigs. When we found “Where Pigs Fly Farm & Pigs Aloft Museum”, we knew we had found that home! It is a great comfort to the family to know that Paula & Clay’s pig collection will
continue to bring joy to so many people for many years to come and will be lovingly cared for almost as much as they did!
Click here for the Riverfront Times story.
Click below for the VOX magazine story.
Her family donated her collection of over 4000 pigs to the Musuem April 2016. Dianne had lived in Berkeley her entire life, 60 years of which she has spent collecting pig figurines and ephemera. She got started when her grandmother gave her a stuffed Steiff pig. She had never looked back.
Click here to Read the entire story of her Giant Collection!
How Lynn's Pigs Got To the Where Pigs Fly Farm by lynn
My love for pigs started in the early 80’s when I met and dated a guy from Iowa. His family had a pig farm and I immediately fell in love with them. His mom gave me a cute stuffed boy and girl pig and it started…..
My pig obsession subsided in the late 80’s but was rekindled when I met my now husband in 1992. He gave me a couple pig figurines for our first Christmas together along with some pig head covers. Because of the favorable reaction he received he continued to buy me piggies. Friends and family from all around gave me pig things and it always made me squeal with delight.
Then our best friends and neighbors in McKinney, Texas went to Eugene, Oregon for Thanksgiving in 1998. They brought me back and article about a lady who was going to part with some of her pig collection. The “pigture” of her and all her piggies in the background excited me and I just had to contact her. I called the Eugene newspaper and asked them if they would contact Shirley LaPalme and give her my phone number but because it is a small town they just gave me her phone number. I then called and spoke to Chuck LaPalme and told him I was interested in the pigs from the article. We had a nice visit and he gave Shirley my message and she squealed back at me later that day. We hit it off really well and became pig pals.
Not quite a year later, my husband and I decided to go to Oregon to meet The LaPalmes and to see all the piggies. They refused to let us stay at a hotel even though we had never met. We were welcomed in to their home with open arms and greeted at the door dressed in pig regalia. When I walked in the house I was immediately in HOG HEAVEN! We stayed 4 days and 3 nights and became pig family from that point on. They had two sons my age so I now had to piglet brothers. They said I was the daughter they never had and unofficially became their adopted pig daughter. We made trips back to Oregon and they came to see us in McKinney, Texas.
Pig Mom (Shirley) was not in the best of health basically from birth. She was a woman with nine lives. She used the last of her nine lives and we lost her in June of 2002. Papa Pig and I were with her and holding her as she took her last breath.
I then inherited whatever I wanted of the pig collection and that is how my collection instantly went into the thousands. Papa then decided to move from Oregon and ended up in Surprise, Arizona. He and I remained very close and would take turns visiting every year until he passed away in August of 2012 right before we moved to Sun City West, Arizona to be closer to him.
Since we downsized when we moved to Arizona, I decided it was time for me to part with the majority of my collection which was over 3000 pieces. One of my best friends came to visit me in Sun City West and decided to help me figure out what to do with the collection. She searched the web and found an amazing article about the “Where Pigs Fly Camp/Farm” in Owensville, Missouri.
Turns out that a guy named Ross Honsa from Phillips, Wisconsin had a pig collection with over 14 thousand pieces and he was trying to beat the Guinness record of 16 thousand pig items. He died in 2010 just short of making the record.
So thru a radio station here in Phoenix, Beth and Friends of 99.9 did a segment contacting Cindy Brenneke, the founder of the “Where Pigs Fly Camp” in April of 2013. The segment was heard by Susi Honsa’s sister who resides here in the Phoenix area. Susi contacted Cindy Brenneke and asked her if she would be interested in Ross’ pig collection. She said yes and that is when “The Pig Aloft Museum” was established, the first and only pig museum in the United States. Cindy is now trying to complete the quest of Ross Honsa to beat the Guinness Book of records.
After learning about this story, I then contacted Cindy Brenneke and asked her if she was interested in me donating my pigs to the museum. She was ecstatic and squealed with delight.
In November of 2013, I boxed up most of my piggies, approximately 2500 pieces, loaded them up in a Penske rental truck and along with my friend who found the article and drove the piggies to the “Where Pigs Fly Camp/Farm and Pig Aloft Museum.
Cindy and I instantly became pig sisters. I stayed with her on the farm for two weeks as I unboxed the piggies and did pigventory. My piggies have a great surrogate Pig Mom and together she and I are going to collaborate to make the Guinness Book of records. The piggies are still mine but just have a new place to reside.
My pig journey has been an amazing experience and one that continues to unfold and open many doors. I never dreamed everything that has happened would be so incredible just due to a love of pigs.
Thanks for listening to my story…….squeals!
Fort Wayne, Indiana
On April 22, 2015, owner Cindy Brenneke took a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana to pick up the incredible Pig Collection belonging to Barb Alt.
Barb was fighting a courageous battle with brain cancer. Sadly, she was very ill when Brenneke arrived and she was not able to meet Barb in person.
Her dear friend Brenda Rutowski helped load her "babies", which were then brought back to the farm, where it took about two months to get the new displays built and the piggies in place where the public could view them.
Barb had planned to visit the Museum, unfortunately she was not able to make it due to her health. She passed from this earthly life to be with the Lord on August 9, 2015. We feel her presence here at the Museum, and blessed that we are able to share them with you.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Donated her collection of over 7000 pigs April 2016. Her collection began when she gave up cigarettes. She traded Cigs for Pigs!! She donated her collection when she moved to California to live with her daughter.
Dorothy R. Clark
Santa Monica, California
Ellen Deeb sent us her mother's collection of over 200 pigs on September 24, 2014.
October 2, 2014 Mary Adams and Cindy Brenneke drove to Kansas to pick up over 1000 pigs donated by this beautiful lady. Pat started collecting pigs over 50 years ago when her oldest daughter, then 6 years old, gave her 2 pigs for Christmas. She loved them so much that everyone started giving her pigs and the collection grew dramatically!
On October 20, 2014 we received nearly 200 pigs from Letizia. She is currently not only our youngest "collection donor" but also our only "out of the country" donor.
On October 24, 2014 we received a shipment of over 800 pigs from the family. Their mother had passed away, leaving the extensive collection. The children felt that sharing the collection with the public is what she would have wanted, so they boxed everything up and shipped it to us in Missouri.
Oletta's Emporium of Useful Things, Owensville, Missouri
On October 20, 2014 donated over 50 collectible pigs from the "This Little Piggy" collection!
Here's my story. In 1971, I started dating this cute guy in high school. In a very affectionate and romantic (for a teenager) way he started calling me "Pigface". Trust me, it was romantic!!! For some reason, the pig thing stuck. 44 years later, I'm still with the cute guy and I have amassed a huge pig collection. Short and sweet; that's my story!🐷
Christine donated her collection of several hundred pigs April 2015.
And here's Chloe's story.
I had a real potbelly pig named Chloe. She had to be put down while I was on vacation. She was injured and couldn't be healed. So when I got home and the shock wore off, I got a new and improved Chloe! She goes everywhere with me and I photograph her to document our travels. She's the Adventure Pig!