Slow Cookin’ Pork for Charity

Western Illinois University’s largest student organized philanthropy is just a month away! The Alpha Tau chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity will be holding its 24th annual event of “Smokin’ Hog” on October 22nd. The men of AGR are keagreping the tradition of Smokin’ Hog alive with a pulled pork dinner being served from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. As always, the event will be hosted at the AGR house, 1010 North Lafayette Street, Macomb, IL.

Just to inform everyone on what Smokin’ Hog is, it is an all day event that consist of  a meal during the day, games for kids, and a raffle. It all starts with the men of Alpha Gamma Rho smoking 7 hogs Friday afternoon before the event. The hogs are slowly turned and smoked all night before being processed into pulled pork. At the conclusion of the meal, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho start to set up a concert area stage. We are happy to have Walker McGuire as this year’s concert. In addition to selling tickets for the pulled pork dinner, event t-shirts and koozies are also available for purchase.

We’re hapvibepy to be donating all proceeds of the event once again to McDonough  County VIBE. In 2015’s Smokin’ Hog philanthropy, AGR’s vigorous efforts allowed the men to donate $13,800 to McDonough County VIBE. In 2015, VIBE gave their yearly donation to the Busnell-Prairie City Backpack program and Court Appointed Child Advocacy
(CASA). The 2016 VIBE recipient with be the Special Olympics and local food pantries.

Tickets for the family friendly event can be purchased for $5.00 before October 22nd from any member of the Alpha Tau Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and $7.00 the day of the meal. Stated best by Noble Ruler, Sam Woodrow “Besides all the efforts done by our brothers, this event would not be possible if it were not for the generous hog and monetary donations from sponsors.”  If you are interested in purchasing tickets or being a sponsor for Smokin’ Hog, feel free to contact VNR of Planning, Michael Houston at (217) 617-2043. Take out meals will be available as we know that this is the rush of harvest season.




Thank you for taking time to read my post about Alpha Gamma Rho’s 24th annual Smokin’ Hog philanthropy. My name is Mitch Miller and I am a senior studying Agriculture Education at Western Illinois University. I am proud to have come from Pontiac, IL, which is nearly 100 miles straight south of Chicago on I55.  I have been around agriculture my whole life with my father being a hobby grain and hog farmer in rural Chenoa, Illinois and my mother being a quarter horse breeder and trainer. I am a 2013 graduate of Pontiac High School and a 2015 graduate of Joliet Junior College. Since attending WIU, I have enjoyed joining and participating in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Collegiate FFA/PAS/AG ED Club.

Hope to see you at Smokin’ Hog!




3 thoughts on “Slow Cookin’ Pork for Charity

  1. ermillerwiuedu

    What a great synopsis of what the event entails! I think its often forgot throughout the WIU community that although this is a fun event-its also a very successful event for charity!!


  2. hdwilder

    Awesome writeup! This is truly a class act event that provides great entertainment and socialization for the WIU Ag Students! However at the same time, you guys are supporting the WIU Swine Farm and the Illinois Pork Producers! A great fall event to look forward to each year.


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