The PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL is a two-day event (Saturday - Sunday) which takes place annually on the third full weekend of September. The purpose of the festival is to promote the pork industry, a major source of income to Preble County. Pork is featured as the major food item throughout the festival. Come early and start the day with the all-you-can-eat sausage and pancake breakfast, snack throughout the day at convenient soft drink and sandwich stands, have lunch at the Porkhaus Short Order Restaurant with ham and sausage sandwiches, individual barbecued pork chops, chips, pork rinds, coffee, pie and other goodies or really "pig-out" at the famous Barbecued Pork Chop Smorgasbord. Don't be intimidated by the food lines-they move quickly. Then, before you leave, stop by the Porkville Country Store and pick up a fresh pork loin, some bacon, ham, sausage or pork chops to take home.
While you're walking around the grounds stop by the barbecue pits and see 2,500 pork chops on the grills at one time. Don't let a little smoke bother you. The aroma will stimulate your appetite! Watch apple butter being made and buy some to take home. Chill out with some 4-H Club ice cream then get a bag of old-fashioned sugar waffles to snack on. They're even shaped like a PIG!
The entertainment tent is a good place to sit, relax and enjoy a top notch magic show, clogging, line dancing or C/W music. Plan to attend the Sunday Morning Service and join with the Gospel Sounds as they perform your favorite hymns and gospel songs. And don't forget the Pig Races! Several heats are run each hour throughout the day. The Pig Races are a real hit with kids (of all ages).
The grandstand is the place to be on Saturday for a ring-side seat to view one of the largest and finest parades in Southwest Ohio. The parade features High School Bands from an extensive area as well as floats, entries from other festivals and organizations and many other entries. This parade is a competition for the bands so you'll see and hear them at their best. Bring your camcorder! IT'S ALL FREE!
The Preble County Pork Festival is also home to one of the largest Arts & Crafts shows in the state with nearly 500 exhibitors in 750 spaces occupying over 90,000 square feet of exhibit space. You'll be lucky to see it all in just two days. The show features top quality merchandise and vendors are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their crafts. Many products are made on the spot. This is the place to find that one-of-a-kind item, pick up new decorating ideas or get the jump on your Christmas shopping.
Handicap parking is provided. There is also a "Tot-Spot" to accommodate those with infants. Both men's and women's restrooms at Bruner Arena, new in 1995, are also equipped with convenient diaper changing facilities. While you're at Bruner Arena check out the educational exhibits and demonstrations.
See a hog being butchered the old fashioned way. Watch sausage being made. Cheer for your favorite participant in the pigtail contest. Pick up some new pork recipes. Learn a little about pork production. Near Bruner Arena is the Board of Directors tent where you can buy a ticket for the annual raffle if you're feeling lucky or purchase a T-shirt, sweatshirt, cap, keyring or other souvenir of your visit to the festival.
Don't forget our commercial exhibitors. These folks work side by side with the producers to help provide us with the bountiful supply of affordable, top quality food that makes us the best fed nation in the world. Stop, say "hello", and ask them what their role is in the agriculture industry. They'll be glad to explain.
This event is possible through the combined effort of over 1500 volunteers. The next time you eat a pork chop or see a pig - think "PREBLE COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL" !
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