After 23 years, Alpha Gamma Rho’s Smokin’ Hog still an event to mark on your calendar

In 1992 the active chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at Western Illinois University started an event in order to raise money for local community organizations. Little did they know, just how far their new experiment would make it and how big it would become. Brian Nightengale, a founding father of Smokin’ Hog and alumnus of Alpha Gamma Rho, has spoken about how excited he is for what the event has become. What was a few hundred dollars donated back in the 90’s, has grown to over $12,000 in donations year after year.

The event will kick off at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10. Tickets are being sold for $5 in advance and are available from any AGR member. There will be door prizes including gift certificates to local businesses, as well as larger raffle items to be selected towards the end of the day. Event t-shirts and koozies will be on sale as well. On the plate for dinner will be baked beans, potato salad, chips, refreshments, and of course pulled pork. Along with the meal there will be tours given of the house as well as conversations with the active members. The event will wrap up at 5:00 p.m. as the chapter will begin the cleanup of the meal and start setting up for the night’s festivities.

Smokin' Hog
Hogs prepare to be cooked before the big day

“Never quit doing something that is working.” This is something that the active chapter lives by as they get ready for October 10. For on this date, they will be hosting their annual Smokin’ Hog 2k15. Proceeds from this event will be donated to McDonough County VIBE (Volunteers Interested in Benefiting Everyone). From there, donations will be divided up and given to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused kids and the Back Pack Program, both local charities here in Macomb. There will be many games and activities for all ages. On display will be farm equipment of the green as well as red variety, brought to you by Martin-Sullivan and Birkey’s Farmstore. Woodrum Automotive and Kunes Auto Group will have their latest and greatest vehicles on display for all to see. However, the excitement doesn’t just stop with the adults. Face painting and a bouncy house will be set up and ready to go, complementary with your admission ticket.

Alpha Gamma Rho is proud to present Jake Dodds as he takes the stage at 9:00 p.m. kicking off the evening. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. offering free admission to all. This will be a BYOB event for all of those over the age of 21. Under the legal limit? You are welcomed as well! Those of which wish to drink and can do so legally will be given wristbands signifying they are able. Live music performed by a great band and hundreds of people to socialize with leaves you to wonder how much more you could ask for. The nighttime events will wrap up at 12:00 a.m. with cleanup to follow.

As the date draws near, the 23rd annual Smokin’ Hog philanthropy is one to put on your calendar. With events and activities offered throughout the day to all ages, it truly is a family affair and fun for all. Be a part of a record-breaking year for Alpha Gamma Rho and let’s raise over $14,000 for such a great cause.

Professional PhotoMy name is Trent Zwicker and I am currently a junior at Western Illinois University. With a major in agriculture business and a focus on economics, I plan to take these learned practices home with me and begin to work my way into our family farming operation. Being a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, currently holding the position of 2nd in command as well as VNR of Activities, I have become very close with this Smokin’ Hog event. It has been my job for the last two months to cross all of our T’s and dot all of our I’s as I line businesses up and organize everything in preparation for the 10th. Although it has kept me up many late nights stressing about how much I have to do, it truly is an opportunity for all of us to grow and to participate in something bigger than ourselves.


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