We call it the world's largest
outdoor pork barbecue. And for good reason. First, there
are the custom-made 24 foot long grills. Next we add over 8
thousand pounds of premium grade charcoal. Then we have an
army of volunteers, many involved in one aspect or another of the
pork industry, many more who are just plain GOOD at grilling.
They use over 300 pounds of our "special" Hog Days seasoning powder
and go about "throwing some meat on the barbie." Only it's a
tad more than just a few steaks!
We serve between 30 thousand and 32
thousand butterfly chops and pork burgers in a little under 30
hours over Hog Fest weekend (the grills are in operation from 5 to 9
PM on Friday; 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday; and 11AM
to 5 PM on Monday).
That works out to about a
thousand sandwiches (or more) an hour every hour without stop all
the time the grills are in operation. Depending on peak demand, a
lot more than a thousand pieces of meat in some of those hours
around lunch and supper time! Talk about trusting that it will
all work out!
But what happens if it rains?
Or it's cold? Or people don't show up for their shift?
Or someone's feet hurt from standing too long? Well, as they
say: "the show must go on" and somehow it does and so
far it has for 59 consecutive years. And we haven't even touched on
(although they have our undying gratitude and admiration as well)
all the folk under the big top who make and bag those 30-some
thousand sandwiches, sell the tickets and deliver sandwiches to
those incapacitated in elder-care and rest homes.
Oh and did
we mention it's not only a weekend but also a holiday
weekend and most of these volunteers have regular fulltime jobs
and families just like everyone else but they don't mind giving up their personal time to
do something nice for their community so that friends and neighbors
and visitors can have something fun to do for the last holiday of
Okay, right now we are deeply bowing to them one and all!
Umm, still bowing!
So there you have it. The Big "Q!"
Come visit us in Kewanee over Labor Day weekend. We'll fire up
the grills for you!