All things pig: Englefeld celebrates 48th Hogfest

ENGLEFELD — This year’s Englefeld Hogfest was a success, with just over 700 people served this year, said Englefeld recreation board president Charlie Biemans.

For the 48th year in a row, visitors of the Hogfest from the town and surrounding area spent the last weekend of June participating in a slow pitch tournament, kids’ carnival, beer gardens and penny auction. The festival ended with the pig roast dinner and dance Saturday evening, followed by a pancake breakfast and pig drop Sunday morning.

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Like last year, the pig drop involved dumping a bucket of small plastic pigs from a helicopter onto the field behind Englefeld’s school.

Of 381 pigs, Barb Gerspacher’s landed “within inches of the bullseye … despite windy conditions,” said Biemans.

Gerspacher, from Englefeld, took home $1,905; half of the proceeds raised from the pig drop. Sandy Borstmayer of Naicam was awarded second place and a Farm Hopper Blow Up Pig.

“It was the perfect way to end a great weekend,” said Biemans.

This year’s slow pitch tournament featured 12 teams compared to last years eight, said recreation board treasurer Deanna Miskolczi.

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