Feast of activities planned for park

Pulled pork and a park full of tractors will help raise money for Seymour Noon Lions Club projects this weekend.

Now in its fifth year, the Pig in the Park event has become a popular and successful fundraiser for the club, which uses the money to support its community service efforts.

Those projects include the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, Child Care Network, Kids Fest, the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Community Provisions, Anchor House, free vision screening for all students in the county, Jackson County United Way, college scholarships for local students, the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, One Chamber Square landscaping and Special Olympics of Jackson County.

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“Fundraising has been getting tougher, so this is a way for us to give back to the community and help these groups continue the work they do,” said Richard Beatty, chairman of Pig in the Park.

The club also raises money through Oktoberfest T-shirt and fruit sales.

This year’s pork dinner and tractor show will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gaiser Park in Seymour.

Cost is $6 for a pulled pork, pork burger or hot dog meal with sides, a drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at Beatty Insurance, 111 N. Poplar St., or Union Hardware, 116 S. Chestnut St., in advance or at the park the day of the event.

The Crothersville Lions Club will sell lemon shakeups for $3.

A variety of antique and collector tractors will be on display throughout the afternoon. Registration for the tractor show is from 9 to 11 a.m. in the south parking lot of the park. There is no registration fee to enter a tractor.

Beatty said he expects about 50 tractors to be there.

Also, there will be a motorcycle show, performances by local musicians Bob Holbrook and Mike Gerth and the band Alley Katz, a bean-bag toss tournament sponsored by the Crothersville Lions Club, and a motorcycle ride and auction organized by Follow the Son Motorcycle Ministry.

Registration for the motorcycle ride starts at 9:30 a.m. in the north parking lot, with kickstands up at 10:45 a.m. and returning to the park around 12:30 p.m.

The fee for the ride is a donation to support Anchor House Family Assistance Center in Seymour.

Last year’s event raised around $3,500, and Beatty is hoping to bring in even more this year.

“We sell between 250 and 300 meals,” he said. “It’s pretty popular, but we would like to make it even bigger and pack the park. There’s a lot of things going on that day, so it’s a great way to get out and enjoy and support Seymour.”

Beatty said the club also is looking for new members to join. The club meets at noon Thursdays in the community room at MainSource Bank in Seymour.

Other local sponsors of Pig in the Park include Bob Poynter GM, Jackson-Jennings Co-op, Jay C Food Stores, Darlage Custom Meats, Seymour Power Sports, The Pines, Pepsi Co., Bevers Family Pharmacy and The Tribune.

“We couldn’t do it alone,” Beatty said. “It’s a huge community effort.”

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What: Fifth annual Pig in the Park pork dinner and tractor show, organized by the Seymour Noon Lions Club

Where: Gaiser Park in Seymour

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (registration for the tractor show begins at 9 a.m.; registration for motorcycle ride and show begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Cost: $6 for a pulled pork dinner, drink and dessert

Information: Richard Beatty at 812-522-5640