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.
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If you goFarm Bureau Pig Roast
When: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27
Where: Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles
Cost: $10 per person, $25 per family (parents with children younger than 15) in advance; $15 per person, $30 per family at the door
Details: For advance tickets, call (630) 584-8660 or go in person to the Kane County Farm Bureau. Visit www.kanecfb.com
St. Charles Heritage Celebration Pig Roast
When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28
Where: St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles
Details: For ages 21 and older. Visit www.stcmuseum.org or call (630) 584-6967
Corron Farm Preservation Society Pig Roast
When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 28 (food will be served from 2-4 p.m.)
Where: Historic Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Hills
Cost: Admission is free. Dinner tickets are $15 per person, ages 12 and older, and $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and younger dine free.
Details: Visit www.corronfarmpreservationsociety.org or call (630) 740-2996
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.