He isn’t as famous as the actor of the same name, but Kevin Bacon has gained celebrity status in Los Altos Hills. His claim to fame has nothing to do with acting, though some might call the local Kevin Bacon a ham.
Kevin - a pig living at Westwind Community Barn - is not shy when it comes to social media. The 18-month-old hog is featured weekly on the horse barn’s Facebook page and even has his own hashtag: #SaturdayswithKevin.
While interning with Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation last year, Anna Garverick created the hashtag, which has evolved into a creative collaboration between Parks and Rec and the barn. Sarah Robustelli, the town’s community services supervisor, and Chris Knopf, recreation specialist, manage Kevin’s social media presence. They often use upcoming events at the barn or holidays as themes for the weekly Facebook posts.
"Otherwise, (we use) anything cute, funny, trending or silly," Robustelli said.
In videos posted on Facebook last summer, Kevin can be seen rolling in mud and snacking on watermelon to beat the heat. A recent photo of him sleeping in his pen appears with the caption "Forward my calls, Sincerely Kevin Bacon."
Kevin works for food, but there are times when even that’s not enough to get him to behave on camera. Yes, this boar can be a boor.
"Like all celebrities, he can be uncooperative at times," Robustelli said.
Kevin Bacon, shown during his piglet days, poses for a portrait. A Westwind Barn worker adopted the pig at a horse show but was unable to keep him.
Torie Dye, barn manager since 2014, owns Kevin Bacon. Dye said a worker at the barn originally adopted him at a horse show in Southern California but wasn’t able to keep the piglet, so she took him in. At first, his name was Piggy Smalls, but Dye said she renamed him Kevin Bacon after the actor known for starring roles in the movies "Footloose" and "Mystic River."
The Los Altos Hills Kevin spends his days in an easygoing fashion. Dye said he’s fed twice a day - which doesn’t count the fruit and vegetable snacks he receives from fans - and enjoys splashing in his pool, playing in grass and straw and interacting with visitors.
Kevin also does tricks. Dye said he can sit, clap his hooves, spin around and climb up stairs and ramps.
Dye described Kevin as "energetic and friendly" and said he likes spending time with the numerous guests who visit him at the barn. He often trots right over to his fence to greet them. Dye added that he gets along well with the other animals at the barn - especially the horses and dogs.
"He’s an all-around friendly pig," she said.
To see what Kevin’s up to on social media, visit facebook.com and type "Westwind" in the search bar.