Ultimate Hog Fan: Gayle Holmes

The heart of Razorback country is almost two hundred miles away from Fayetteville, depending on who you ask. 

Retired Sherwood resident Gayle Holmes will tell you it's in his town, where his house has absorbed a full-on Razorback museum. 

"I think the official name I made said it one time was Holmes Hog Museum," said Holmes. "Of course like any museum, we have a guest registry and anybody that comes up here to visit I have them sign them and that would include you." 
 
You'll find footballs signed by every football and basketball coach, a whole wall lined with trinkets of every shape and size, and Razorback memorabilia you simply don't come across every day. 

"Really to digest everything in here, you'd probably have to stay an hour, an hour and a half, two hours to soak it all up," said Holmes. 

Fake Razorback nails. Toys. There's even hand-made items that've been seen on a national scale. 

"We went over to ABC Good Morning America one morning," Holmes told the Pig Trail Nation. "Started getting text messages from folks back home that said we just saw you on tv." 

It all started when Gayle retired and brought the Razorback stuff he'd been collecting at his desk at work home with him. 

"It had a lot of stuff in it," said Annette, Holmes' wife. "And I was going 'oh no when he retires he's gonna bring all that home.'" 

In his upstairs space he began bringing in more and adding to the collection. 

"Since 1898, there's a hundred and eighteen yearbooks," said Holmes. "And I have all but nine of them" 

A Razorback fan by heart, even when he was scoring touchdowns for another school in the same state. 

"I went to school at Conway," said Holmes. "And was an U-C-S-C-A Bear back in those days, but I was still a Hog fan." 

Now living out a Razorback fan's wildest dreams. 

"I've been to 90 straight football games, home and away," said Holmes. 

An adventure making the Holmes' upstairs worth more than a pretty penny. 

So when Holmes can no longer take care of his collection, it'll all go to his grandson, blake. 

"You can give my mom anything else," said Blake. "Give me this house with everything in it and I'll be okay." 

So Sherwood will be home to the Holmes Hog Museum for a whole new generation. 


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