KOUTS | The 36th annual Kouts Porkfest promises to be a squealing good time in downtown Kouts on Saturday as throngs of people enjoy all things porcine.
Plenty of activities and events will accompany the traditional chow down, such as arts and crafts offerings, live entertainment, contests, and athletic races as the event kicks off at 8 a.m.
The event is run by Kouts Festivals and Events, Inc. and President Suellen Boomer says Pork Fest promises to be a great time with a few new additions.
“We’ve kept most things the same, but we’ve added the Hammy Award for our vendors. For vendors selling pork products, we have a panel of judges who will give out first-, second- and third-place winners,” said Boomer.
The first event of the day will be a 5K walk/run organized by the Kouts High School Athletic Club.
Other activities include sales of arts, crafts, and plenty of food by approximately 100 vendors, an hourlong parade, and an entertainment stage features dancers, singers and bands.
Boomer said that they will also host a cornhole tournament with signup at the hospitality event prior to the 1:30 p.m. start in the Brieli’s Café parking lot, as well as the new addition of a truck and semi show operated by the American Historical Society.
But there are a few favorites that the 5,000 to 8,000 attendees come to expect each year, says Boomer.
“This is our fourth year of doing the pork burger eating contest. The first person to eat five burgers is the winner. We only accept the first 10 people who sign up so we can prepare the burgers,” she said.
“The ‘Guess the Weight of the Pig’ contest is a must-have event each year, and this year we have a raffle for a quilt with pigs on it. We also have the official Pork Fest shirts with our theme, Who Cut the Pork, and those have sold out for the past three years, so get them early,” Boomer said.
She says the tradition to go hog-wild at Pork Fest is a long one.
“Years ago Heinhold’s Market was the largest hog market in the region. The event started with a community group that started selling crafts and it grew from there. It’s just a fun-filled day with some great food, but parking can be difficult so come early and park on a side street,” Boomer said.