Heinold Racing Pigs, c. 1975 Photo courtesy of Preble County Pork Festival, Inc.
Preble County Pork Festival
Inspired by "Farm-City Day" and the Preble County
Pig Roast, this southwestern Ohio festival was devised by committee
of local businessmen, a county agricultural extension agent, and a
soil and water conservationist wishing to promote the local pork
industry. Preble County, with its bountiful corn production, sends
thousands of bushels of corn to market in the form of corn-fed
pork. The first swine testing station was established in the county
in 1946, and basic methodologies developed there helped to bring
the world a leaner, higher quality and more nutritious product.
From the first event in 1971 to the most recent in 1999, the Preble
County Pork Festival has sold nearly 1.2 million pounds of pork,
and has grown to utilize the efforts of over 1700 volunteers
annually. In addition to its popular pork barbecue, the festival
hosts a parade, displays an array of arts and crafts, commercial
and educational exhibits. Recently, the emphasis has been on family
entertainment, featuring musical groups and university marching
bands. Proceeds from the festival are returned to the community
through various improvements to the fair grounds and through
funding two annual scholarships to accredited colleges. Project
materials include a history of the festival, festival newsletter,
brochure and statistics, and 14 8" x 10" photographs with
Originally submitted by: John A. Boehner, Representative (8th District).
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