Kouts Pork Fest brings the town together

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE AUGUST 20, 2015

Contestants in the porkburger eating contest eat their hearts out at the Kouts Pork Fest. (Kouts Pork Fest / Handout)
Contestants in the porkburger eating contest eat their hearts out at the Kouts Pork Fest. (Kouts Pork Fest / Handout)

The city of Kouts will be hosting its 39th annual Pork Fest on Aug. 22.

Stephany Lockett, president of Kouts Events, said she is very excited about the upcoming Pork Fest. “I love seeing the kids come and see the pigs, play in the bounce house, and have fun,” Lockett said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Pork Fest started because Kouts was once recognized as the hog capital of the world. The Pork Fest traditionally focuses around all things swine-related with pig calling, a pork burger eating contest, kiss the pig contest and guess the weight of the pig contest.

The kiss the pig contest is dedicated to raise money for charities in the community. The Hammy Award is given to the best food vendor.

Pork Fest also includes live local music, a parade, four-mile run, arts and crafts and a cornhole tournament.

“You’re from the same small town but don’t always interact with everyone every day,” Lockett said. “At the Pork Fest, we come together.”

“This year we will also have a clogging group for entertainment,” Lockett said. All musical acts will be performed by local bands.

Admission to Pork Fest is free. Free parking is located throughout the area as well. For more information on Pork Fest, visit koutsevents.com/porkfest.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer for the Post-Tribune.

Pork Fest

When: Aug. 22

Where: East Indiana Avenue and North Main Street, Kouts

Admission: Free

Information: 219-405-1452 or Koutsevents.com/porkfest

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