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Pig in the Park Saturday in Reid Park

by Rob Ireland

September 01, 2011

Hayden
FONTANA — Kids will have plenty to do this year at the fourth annual Pig in the Park event.

This is fitting for the event, after all the purpose of the fundraiser is to pay for playground equipment in Little Foot Playground.

"It's kind of what its all about, its about kids and families," Village Administrator Kelly Hayden said.

Hayden said the petting zoo will include goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, a llama and more. There also will be six ponies on a carousel, which children can ride.

This year's Pig in the Park will take place from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Reid Park. Tickets costs $10 and include a pork sandwich, baked beans, chips, corn, desserts and a nonalcoholic beverage. The pork sandwich can be substituted with a brat or a hot dog. Beer also will be served.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by calling Village Hall at (262) 275-6136.

The children's play area will be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The petting zoo and pony rides won't be the only activities for children to enjoy.

"The kids area is always just fun chaos," Hayden said.

This year's fun chaos features a tattoo station, bouncy houses, balloon animals, popcorn, a free craft project that was provided by Lowe's and T-shirts that sport the Pig in the Park logo that kids can color.

Two bands also will perform at this year's event. Big Foot graduates Matt Ripkey and Justin Swaney will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Luv Handles will take the stage.

Hayden said all of the funds raised at the event pay back the debt for the playground equipment at Little Foot Playground. She said it will probably be a couple of more years before that debt is paid off and the funds can be used to purchase something else.

Each year, the event has grown and changed.

"We are still relatively new and trying to find that good mix that makes the function work well," Hayden said. "Face painting is popular with kids but its difficult to find volunteers. So we added the tattoo station. It is easier to find these volunteers. We shake it up to find out what works well for everybody."

Although organizing the event takes a lot of work, Hayden said the end result is very rewarding.

"It's so nice to see the park utilized and to see the families having so much fun," Hayden said. "It is the end of the summer party. It is worth every second of hard work."

For such a large event to go off it requires the help of a lot of volunteers.

Park Commissioner Dan Green is the silent hero of the Pig in the Park event, Hayden said.

"Without him it wouldn't be possible," she said.