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Bring your appetite: 3 pig roasts this weekend in Kane County

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  • Three pig roasts are planned this weekend in the St. Charles area.

      Three pig roasts are planned this weekend in the St. Charles area.
    Courtesy of Corron Farm Preservation Society

  • Visitors to the Corron Farm Preservation Society's pig roast can have a meal and tour the grounds.

      Visitors to the Corron Farm Preservation Society's pig roast can have a meal and tour the grounds.
    Courtesy of Corron Farm Preservation Society

  • Wagon rides are included in the pig roast fundraiser Saturday at Corron Farm in Campton Hills.

      Wagon rides are included in the pig roast fundraiser Saturday at Corron Farm in Campton Hills.
    Courtesy of Corron Farm Preservation Society

  • A live band will play at the pig roast fundraiser at Corron Farm.

      A live band will play at the pig roast fundraiser at Corron Farm.
    Courtesy of Corron Farm Preservation Society

 
By Lauren Rohr
lrohr@dailyherald.com

In just one weekend, pork lovers will have the opportunity to support Kane County organizations and their causes at three different pig roast fundraisers.

Hosted by the Kane County Farm Bureau, the first pig roast fundraiser will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the bureau, 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles.

For $10 per person in advance and $15 per person at the door, attendees can participate in outdoor activities, play games and eat a delicious meal, said Ryan Klassy, information director at the Kane County Farm Bureau.

Though the Farm Bureau has hosted pig roasts before, he said, this year, all proceeds will go toward a good cause: the purchasing of a grain rescue tube for fire protection districts in Kane County.

There are risks to working in agriculture, especially in facilities such as grain bins or grain elevators, Klassy said. When responding to a grain engulfment call, first responders can use the grain rescue tube to safely and quickly get someone out of a grain bin.

"In the last year or two, there have been some improvements about awareness for farmers and others around grain bins and safety, but those accidents unfortunately do still happen," Klassy said. "We saw this as a way to improve the safety on farms and in the grain facilities."

Raising money for a slightly different cause is the Corron Farm Preservation Society, which supports the Corron Farm, at 7N761 Corron Road in Campton Township.

From 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, visitors can stop by Corron Farm for the preservation society's second annual pig roast, which includes a meal, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a live band, wagon rides and other fun activities, said Laurel Garza, secretary of the society's board.

Though admission to the farm is free, dinner tickets that would allow participants a meal, dessert and a nonalcoholic beverage cost $15 per person and $5 for children ages 6-11.

The money made from the raffle, the auction and ticket sales will go toward preliminary drawings for the rehabilitation of the farm's dairy barn, a structure that dates back to 1874, Garza said.

"It's kind of a historic structure," she said. "It's an important barn in the Kane County area, and we're trying to save it, especially the roof."

Garza said another reason for the pig roast is to raise awareness of the educational opportunities the Corron Farm offers to local residents.

"It's important historically and it's important environmentally," she said. "It's a nice, peaceful place, and we're trying to get people aware that we're out there."

Also looking to preserve local history is the St. Charles Heritage Center, which is hosting its pig roast from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St.

"(The pig roast) is promoting the history of the town here," said Jim McGuire, collections manager for the Heritage Center.

Adults 21 and older can purchase tickets for $45. Each ticket includes a meal from Dave's Slow Food and two drinks. Additional drinks can be purchased separately.

The event will also include live music, a silent auction and a $10 raffle, where three winners could receive $1,000 prizes.

Klassy said a pig roast event is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family and support local organizations.

"It's just a nice time to spend here and benefit a good cause," he said.

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