Also Over Hog Days Weekend...


HogFest Barrow Show!

We refer to our patch of Earth as the Hog Capital of the World. That world began with the Hog Capital Barrow Show, the first event ever held back in 1947 when Kewanee and Henry County were declared such by the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1947, there are accounts of a one-day celebration in Kewanee involving a showing of the best pigs where the grand champion pig was exhibited and crowned "King Hog." (For more, go to our History pageWith only a couple of years absence at the start of the 1950s and the 1970s, the barrow show has ALWAYS been a part of our Hog Days celebration.

Blake Roselieb of Annawan, IL claimed "King Hog" honors for his crossbred barrow at the Hog Capital Barrow Show Wednesday evening, August 31, 2016 which kicked off this past year's Hog Days festivities. The event attracted 40 barrows, the largest field in over a decade.

The reserve champion barrow was shown by Bryce Walters of Tampico, IL.

2016 marked the 29th year the show has been held at the East Campus of Black Hawk College.


Model T and A Road Rally!

I HATE this new technology. I can't make it work right! We imagine that's what all the horse owners were saying in 1908 when they tried their hand at one of  these new gadgets called horseless carriages aka automobiles.  Surely, there was nothing left to invent now! And now you can spend part of your Hog Days weekend checking out the latest in 1908 gadgetry!  The Ray Behnke Memorial Road Rally held on Sunday of Hog Days weekend does just that. This event showcases antique cars from throughout the area...both Model T's manufactured from 1908 thru 1927 and the "newer" Model A's from the late 1920s!

The most recent rally saw 25 of these classic cars come to town from across the Midwest. There is a $10 fee to enter your antique vehicle in the rally but it's well worth the price of admission.  And it's absolutely free to come and watch! The entry form for this event is available here.


Tour of Hog Heaven Bike Ride!

The Kewanee YMCA believes biking is a fun and healthy, friendly competition is always good and Hog Days is a heavenly thing.

So, 31 years ago they brought those beliefs together and created "The Tour of Hog Heaven Bike Ride!"  It's an event that has been going strong ever since and usually attracts around a hundred participants annually. Held on Sunday morning of Festival weekend, you can participate in the 28, 53 or 64 mile bike ride just for fun or in competition to win; plaques go to the winners. And either way, you get to see close-up a lot of the beauty of our Kewanee/Henry County area while staying healthy and fit!

The 31st annual Tour of Hog Heaven bike ride was held on Sunday, Sept 4, 2016. Hosted by the Kraken Swim Team and the YMCA Flip Tops Tumbling & Trampoline Team & their Families and sponsored by the YMCA, Boss Manufacturing, Kewanee Pool and Spa, Lyle R Jager Agency, JV Enterprise, The Kewanee Bank (State Bank of Toulon), PL Damrons, Breedloves, Finish Line and Sullivan Door.  The 115 riders had the option of a timed  28 mile quarter century, 53 mile half century, or 64 mile metric century ride as well as the 5.75 mile family ride.  King and Queen of the road plaques were awarded to the top finishers in each category.

Queen  of the 28 mile went to Sue Tackabury of Geneseo, IL with a time of 1.29. 28 mile King was Glenn Schoen of Kewanee at 1:24.

53 mile Queen was Mary Lou Price of  Chillicothe, IL with a time of 3.33.  Kings of the 53 mile were Paul and Mason Loete of Orion, IL and Jeff and Trent Scharpman of Lynn Center, IL, tied at 3.12.

Queen of the 64 mile was Lisa Johnson of Mokena, IL at 3.45  while King was Scott Johnson of Mokena, IL at 2.52.

More information is available from the Kewanee YMCA or download the entry form here


Labor Day Fly-in Breakfast!

The then brand new Kewanee Municipal Airport was dedicated during Hog Days weekend in 1966, Sunday, September 4th to be exact. The next two years, 1967 and 1968, saw what was then called a Sunday breakfast at the airport during Hog Days weekend, hosted by the Kewanee Optimist Club. There's no record of a Hog Fest weekend event being held there for 1969 thru 1972. Then came 1973. The Kewanee Day Care Center, needed a revenue-raising idea for its organization that year. Since Kewanee had the Municipal Airport outside of town,  the idea was to do a pancake breakfast. And since it was being held at the airport, it wouldn't be promoted as just any pancake breakfast but rather a "fly-in" pancake breakfast! Get in your airplane and come on down to the airport for Hog Days and have breakfast. And, of course, if you wanted to come out to the airport the old fashioned way, by car, that would be okay too!

Well, it clicked. The airport was inundated with people and the day care center was off and running with a new annual fund-raiser.

Eventually the day care folk could no longer do the breakfast and it was passed on to other organizations. Currently the Kewanee Community Volunteer Fire Department hosts what's now called the "Fly-in Drive-in Pancake Breakfast," an event that has passed from one organization to another without missing a year since 1973! Literally, hundreds and hundreds of people line up and are served during a 4 hour period usually 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Labor Day Monday.

So if you're in need of a new tradition in your life, jump in the plane and steer toward Kewanee on Labor Day morning.  Or you can still come the "old fashioned" way too!


Labor Day Weekend Golf Tournament!

Nathan Young won the Baker Park menís Labor Day Golf Tournament title, while Amanda Kocis entered the womenís winnerís circle for the seventh time at Baker Park in the 2016 Labor Day weekend golf event while breaking the women's tournament record as well.

Young a posted 36-hole total of 137 ó (70-67).

Kocis shot a 69 (34-35) breaking the old record of 71 that she shared with Amy St. John and Patti Lee.

Click here for complete placing and prize information for the 2016 men's tournament. Click here for complete placing and prize information for the 2016 women's tournament.

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