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Two big nights for pork fans

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Jason Smathers
June 11, 2010
— It’s time to bring in some bigger firepower.

And more meat.


After last year’s Rock County Porkfest saw more than 7,000 customers ordering pork chops—which caused the drive-through to shut down early—festival organizers have ordered 25,500 chops and rented a grill specifically for the drive-through.


“We want to make sure that everybody in Rock County knows they’re going to be taken care of,” said Sally Churchill, one of the event organizers.


Porkfest started in the ’60s as a small picnic hosted by the Rock County Pork Producers and has expanded every year since.


This year’s Porkfest is Wednesday, June 16.


In Walworth County, the annual pork dinner is Wednesday, June 23.


Here are the details on both:


Rock County Porkfest

When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. The drive-through will be open an hour earlier—from 4 to 8 p.m.


Cost: $7 for one-chop dinners and $8 for two-chop dinners.


Where: Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds, Janesville. Enter on Memorial Drive. Handicap parking will be located on Randall Avenue.


Drive-through: Organizers expect a new grill will help move things a bit quicker this year. The drive-through will be selling only two-chop dinners this year in an effort to make service more efficient.


Donations: Most of all the money raised goes back into the community. That includes three $500 scholarships, food donations to the annual Orfordville Christmas Benefit and money to improve upkeep for the Rock County Swine Barn. In addition, they spend about $6,000 purchasing swine at the Rock County 4-H Fair.


Entertainment: Music by Dan Reilly, a tractor pull for children, a car show and contests and games hosted by WJVL 99.9 and HOG 105.9.


Hosts: Komprood family, of 11441 Hannover Road, Orfordville. The family consists of husband and wife Ken and Luann; son Eric; daughter-in-law Wendy; daughter Kim Krieger; son-in-law Lee Krieger; and grandchildren Logan, Haleigh, Trent, Nick, Brett and Kyle. All of the grandchildren are members of Plymouth 4-H.


The Komproods have about 150 hogs. As part of their finishing operation, they buy the hogs when they weigh about 40 pounds and raise them until they’re ready for market. Ken Komprood, who has run his farm since 1975, used to run a farrowing and finishing operation with 1,500 to 2,000 head, but he cut back because of the work involved.


In addition to pork, the Komproods also grow corn, beans and hay.


Walworth County Pork Dinner

Where: Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn


When: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23.


Menu: Two boneless pork chops, rye bread, baked potatoes, coleslaw, apple sauce, ice cream and drinks.


Cost: In advance, $9 for adults and $7 for children. If purchased at the gate, it’s $10 for adults and $8 dollars for children. Tickets can be purchased at Wilson Meats in Elkhorn, Millard Feed Mill, 1st Banking Centers, Lakeland Bakery, Sorg’s Quality Meats & Sausages, all Walworth State Bank locations, Lake Geneva Country Meats, the Walworth County Fair Office, People’s Bank at Elkhorn, fair board members, Frank’s County Market and Sentry in Elkhorn.


Details: In addition to the dinner, the fairgrounds will be hosting two “Idol” singing competitions at the Park Stage: Senior Idol, for those 60 and older, starts at 4 p.m. Country Idol starts at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the dinner go to purchase new flagpoles at the new fair sign.


For more information: Contact the Walworth County Fair office at (262) 723-3228.



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