23,000 chops on order for Porkfest
JANESVILLE It's not your typical grocery order.
The Rock County Pork Producers have ordered 23,000 pork chops in anticipation of serving 6,000 meals Wednesday night.
For more than 30 years, the pork producers have been feeding thousands of hungry Rock County residents. The annual Porkfest is the group's only fundraiser, President Harold Sly said.
The money is used to create scholarships and to support the Rock County 4-H Fair meat animal sale. The producers also annually give money to several local charities, Sly said.
Rock County Porkfest
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds on Craig Avenue, Janesville.
Cost: $7 for a one-chop meal and $8 for a two-chop meal. Seasoned, uncooked chops will be sold in packs of four for $8.
Drive-through: The drive-through will open at 4 p.m. Enter the fairgrounds via gate 2, which is on Memorial Drive at the northwest corner of the grounds where the midway is during fair week.
The drive through is "not McDonald's," UW Extension Agent Randy Thompson said. Although the drive-through process gets faster every year, plan to wait for a few minutes in the car to take your chops home.
Other events: Music by Joe Roberts and the Country Classics; tug-o-war competition between WJVL 99.9 and HOG 105.9; children's activity area.
The hosts: The Ron Weberpal family will host the event. Weberpaul raises 1,800 crossbred hogs on his farm on County M in Johnstown Township east of Janesville.
Weberpal runs a hog finishing operation. That means he buys young pigs that weight about 40 pounds. He feeds them a mix of corn, soybean meal and dried distillers grains.
It takes four months and one week to get the hogs to their sale weight of 270 pounds.
Walworth County Fair Pork Chop Cookout
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.
Where: Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn.
Menu: Two boneless pork chops, baked potatoes, applesauce, Cole slaw, rye bread, a beverage and ice cream. Carryouts are available.
Cost: Advance tickets cost $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Tickets at the gate are $8 for children and $10 for adults. Tickets are on sale now at Wilson Meats-Elkhorn; Millard Feed Mill; 1st Banking Centers; Lakeland Bakery; Sorg's Packing; Walworth State Bank locations; Lake Geneva Country Meats; the Walworth County Fair Office; People's Bank of Elkhorn; Franks Country Market; AXA advisors.
Details: Country Idol competition starts at 5:30 p.m. at the park stage. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to repair the roof of the treasurer's office at the fairgrounds.
For more information: Call the fair office at (262) 723-3228.