|It actually began in 1947
when Henry County Illinois (where Kewanee is located) was declared
the top hog producing county in all of America by the United States
Department of Agriculture. In 1949 the Illinois House of
Representatives unanimously passed a Resolution naming Kewanee and
Henry County the Hog Capital of the World. By 1954 (when our count
begins) we were off and running with an annual event to pay tribute
to our agricultural roots and, quite honestly, just to have fun with
the last holiday of the summer.
Here we are 60 years down the
road. Henry County is no longer the top hog producing county
in all of America. But we still keep the title alive and honor our
roots in farming every Labor Day weekend with Kewanee Hog Days. A
time to remember who we are and to come together in a festival
atmosphere to salute the end of summer and welcome in Fall.
The very first event ever held, the Barrow Show, is still on the
schedule every year...along with mud volleyball, flea markets and
crafts, a Model T and A Rally, carnival and concessions, a mammoth
car show, tournaments for golf, softball and biking and a hog
stampede, now entered and run by hundreds of humans instead of real
live hogs as used to be the case back in 1954! There's also the
World's Largest Outdoor Pork Barbecue, serving over 30 thousand and
lots of relaxation and visiting time with family, friends, neighbors
and guests coming to Kewanee for a four day family-friendly party!
Come join us August 30th through September 2nd, 2013 for our 60th
Annual Kewanee Hog Days. As it turns out, trusting in the hog
wasn't such a bad idea after all!