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Pork sandwiches in Fontana? Must be time for Pig in Park

Kids games, beer tent, live music part of plans

September 01, 2010 | 08:39 AM
Fontana — There is certainly a buzz for this weekend's Pig in the Park and village officials are expecting a large turnout.

On Saturday, Sept. 4, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., in Reid Park the village's Park Commission will host its third annual Pig In The Park. The beer tent, music and kids area opens at 4:30 p.m. and food service starts at 5:30.

A $10 ticket includes a pork sandwich, baked beans, chips corn, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. The pork sandwich can be substituted for a hot dog or a brat.

"Everyone is just really excited about it," Village Administrator Kelly Hayden said.

Sharon O'Brien, who is helping plan the event, said there will be plenty for kids and adults to do.

Kids can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, coloring games, snow cones and popcorn. There also will be a T-shirt spinner that will make tie dye shirts.

Lowe's donated a toy kit to the village for the event. With the kit, kids use basic tools to build a small toy.

As kids enjoy games, their parents can escape to live music and the beer tents.

The Great Lakes Naval Band, has performed in Fontana's parks for years and will be playing during the Pig in the Park event.

Performers from the School of Rock, Williams Bay, also will take the stage. Saltwater Cowboys also will perform, which is a band featuring Village Clerk Dennis Martin.

Making Pig in the Park successful takes a lot of effort and a lot of help from volunteers.

"Honestly, there is a ton," Hayden said.

Picking up chairs, entertaining kids, serving food and beer and cleaning up requires a lot of help, but Hayden said people in the community step up to donate their time.

In addition to volunteers working at the event, local businesses have donated money for the games and food.

"It's for the kids and people are really generous as they reach into their own pocket to donate," O'Brien said.

Hayden said the first year everyone was a little nervous about the event, but now that it is becoming established the excitement is hard to ignore.

As planning for the event comes to a close, Hayden said there are a few things she is looking forward to Saturday.

"A fabulous turnout, happy kids and sunshine," Hayden said. "It's a thrill to see everyone enjoying the area."

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