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Hill Country Toy Run’s Pig Roast and Rally Brings Home Bacon for Kids

The Hill Country Toy Run’s annual Pig Roast and motorcycle rally is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at the Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 in Johnson City. Photo from hctrpigroast.com

There are gonna be a lot of hogs at the Pig Roast, the Hill Country Toy Run’s annual motorcycle rally and fundraiser.

The event, which benefits the Cherokee Home for Children, is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14, at the Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 in Johnson City.

It draws about 1,200 people each year.

Admission is $30 per person and includes the roasted pig meal on Saturday night. Go to hctrpigroast.com to pre-register.

“It’s a scream,” said Lisa Lusk, a Hill Country Toy Run director. “Not only because it’s a lot of fun. We raise a lot of money.”

Along with the roasted pig, beer will be for sale for $1.

The event features live music by local bands on Friday and Saturday nights, a bike show and games, a poker run, and more.

On Friday, most people start arriving after 3 p.m.

The Jeff Inman Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. One Foot In of Marble Falls performs at 10 p.m.

On Saturday morning, attendees can participate in the Poker Run for $5 a hand, browse a variety of vendors, play games, bid on auction items, and enjoy more live music.

Straight Off the Wagon of Johnson City plays country music at noon followed by more performances. That night, Usual Suspects takes the stage at 8 p.m., and Painted Pony will take over at 10 p.m. to help bring the event to a fitting close.

The Cherokee Home for Children, which the Hill Country Toy Run has been helping for almost 40 years, has 35-50 residents.

Lusk said organization directors receive a list of the children’s Christmas wishes.

“We try to provide it to them to the very best of our abilities,” Lusk said. “We go (to the home) for the day. Santa Claus goes riding in with a long line of cycles.”

While the home is the main benefactor, Lusk said the organization helps children across the Hill Country. It has also started a scholarship fund for graduating seniors.

For more on the Pig Roast or the Hill Country Toy Run, call Lusk at (830) 385-4469. To pre-register for the event, call RuthAnn at (830) 992-1090. Vendors, call Horst at (830) 868-7614.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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