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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
After a two-year hiatus, the Pittsfield Lions Club is holding its 52nd Pike County Pig Days around the courthouse square on July 8 and 9.
According to Lions Club President Matt Sealock, group members are in the final planning stages for the 2022 Pig Days celebration.
All of the funds raised during Pig Days, Sealock said, are funneled back to the community through the various projects and organizations supported by the Pittsfield Lions Club. Not having the event for the last two years has negatively impacted the Lions Club’s ability to support community organizations.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Sealock said of Pig Days. “Pretty much all of the money we get goes right back out to other organizations.”
Sealock said that the Lions support a number of worthy causes – including, but not limited to, Pike County’s public libraries, Pike County school districts’ snack pack programs, Honor Flight, and Pike County museums. In addition, a core mission of the Lions Club is to assist individuals access eyeglasses and hearing aids.
According to Sealock, attendees at Pig Days can expect two days filled with music and entertainment, rides, vendors, games/activities, food and pageants.
Sealock reported that he was still lining up the full slate of entertainment for Pig Days, but several acts have already been booked – including Isaiah Christian and The Rebel Saints, who will perform Friday night, and Stompin’ Ground, who will perform Saturday night.
Several local performers and groups will also perform during Pig Days, including the Nazarene Youth Band, Lisa Leppert’s piano students, and several other groups.
New to the 2022 Pig Days is a style show to be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show will feature clothing from four Pittsfield clothing boutiques – Casteel’s Color Wheel, Kenna’s Closet, Reap + Sow, and Layla Bug Boutique.
Sealock hopes that the show will attract more attendees to Pig Days and encourage economic activity at local businesses.
“We wanted to try something new,” Sealock said. “We think the style show could help get some people to come that might not normally come to Pig Days. And hopefully the boutiques that are participating will get some extra business from the show.”
Other new highlights of the 2022 Pig Days include a raffle for pig-shaped charcuterie boards and a silent auction on a wooden handmade Lazy Susan. Tickets for both raffles will be available at the tshirt/info booth.
A 2022 commemorative Pig Days T-shirt will also be available, featuring artwork by local artist Bill Beard. This year’s color is neon yellow and will be $15. Past year’s shirts will be available at a discount.
Saturday’s afternoon activities will feature Kid’s “Art in the Park”- where kids can paint their own Piggy Bank, an adult “Art in the Park” canvas painting, style show, and local entertainment.
Vendor space for Pig Days is available. Prospective vendors should contact Michelle Gates at 217-370-3714 or email@example.com to obtain a Vendor Space Reservation Form.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Matt Sealock at 217-257-3589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding the Little Miss Piglet and Little Mr. Pork Chop contests, please contact Sharon Springer at 217-473-5834 or email@example.com. The registration deadline is July 5th – no exceptions.
Community volunteers are also needed to help with rides and with the information/tshirt booth. Prospective volunteers may reach out and may reach out to any of the above contacts.
Sealock added that the Lions Club is actively seeking new members, who wish to make a positive impact on their community.
“Like all the clubs, we’re looking for new members so we can do more things,” Sealock said. “Service organizations like the Lions do a lot for the community.”