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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
The Pittsfield Lions Club’s 52nd Pike County Pig Days will be held this weekend on the courthouse square in Pittsfield.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Pig Days from being held for the last two years. According to Pike County Lions Club President Matt Sealock, the Lions are eager to offer Pike County its annual helping of Pig Days entertainment and refreshment.
“The Lions Club is excited to be back and have some fun,” Sealock said.
Besides being a fun community event, Sealock says, Pig Days plays a pivotal role in the community. In fact, Pig Days is the largest annual fundraising event that supports the charitable giving of the Pike County Lions Club. Not holding Pig Days, Sealock said, has put a significant financial burden on the Lions Club and the non-profits which it supports.
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. So 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. That’s what Lions Club is about – making our community a better place.”
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.
Pig Days Schedule of Events
Friday, July 8
10 a.m. Vendors open on the square and Courthouse grounds
5:30 p.m. Check in and judging for Little Miss Piglet contest (East side of Courthouse)
6 p.m. Welcoming remarks (Jim Jacques—emcee)
6 – 6:30 p.m. Little Miss Piglet Contest
6 – 9 p.m. Lions Club Kids Rides
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Entertainment on Stage—Isaiah Christian & the Rebel Saints
7 p.m. Check in and judging for Little Mr. Pork Chop contest (East side of Courthouse)
7:30 p.m. Little Mr. Pork Chop Contest
Saturday, July 9
7 – 11 a.m. Market on the Green
9 a.m. Kids Games sign up (north side of square)
9:15 – 11 a.m. Kids Games Begin—Games include Kid’s Tractor Pull and Balloon Toss
11a.m. Pigskin Toss Contest (all ages) – with Sheriff Greenwood
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Style Show featuring LaylaBug Boutique, Reap + Sow, Kenna’s Closet, and Casteel’s
12 – 2 p.m. Kid’s Art in the Park—Paint a Pig – Piggy Bank (northwest side of stage)
1 – 2 p.m. Lisa Leppert’s piano students
2:30 – 4 p.m. Adult’s Art in the Park— Canvas Painting (northwest side of stage)
3 – 4 p.m. Nazarene Youth Band
4:30 – 5 p.m. Ashley’s Dance Company
5:45 p.m. Welcoming remarks (Jim Jacques—emcee)
6 – 9 p.m. Lions Club Kids Rides
6 – 9 p.m. Entertainment on Stage—Stompin’ Ground