Rock County Porkfest just around the corner
Pork chop enthusiasts can eat at the fairgrounds or use the drive-through to take their pork to go.
Here are five things to know:
1. Host family. This year’s host is Eugene Engen, 71, who has lived most of his life on the Brodhead farm that has been in his family for more than 100 years. He raises pigs and grows cash crops on 800 acres.
The Engen family includes daughter Kelly Sly; son-in-law Harold Sly; daughter Katrina Huebner; son-in-law David Huebner; and grandchildren Jessica, Kayla and Bethany.
Kelly Sly said her father has been a full-time farmer for much of his life, except for a brief five-year stint at the General Motors plant in Janesville.
“He couldn’t stand working inside, so he went back to farming,” she said.
2. Entertainment. Patrons who come out and eat their pork chops on the fairgrounds will have a variety of entertainment options. The Jamie Campbell Band will be playing country music on the grounds. There also will be a car show during the fest. Bob Risseeuw, president of the Rock County Pork Producers, said children can plan in the kid zone.
“There will be face painting and other fun stuff for the kids,” Risseeuw said.
3. Fundraising. A good chunk of the profits from this year’s Porkfest will go toward constructing new fences in the pig area on the fairgrounds. The pork producers also offer three $500 scholarships to students who live in Rock County and are interested in agriculture.
4. Prices. The mean with two pork chops or a bag of uncooked pork chops is $9. The meal with one pork chop is $8, and a bottle of the seasoning is $7. Risseeuw said the meal includes potato salad, applesauce and a dinner roll. Those who eat at the fairgrounds get a choice of soda, milk, water or coffee. 4-H clubs will sell desserts at various prices.
5. Number of chops. The 2011 Porkfest will feature 25,500 pork chops. Risseeuw said they leave 12,000 chops unseasoned and uncooked so families can take them home. Planners are expecting about 7,000 hungry people, and the drive-through always is busy.