EATON —The Preble County Pork Festival Board has announced that the mortgage of the Expo Building at the Preble County Fairgrounds has been paid in full.
During their April 9 meeting, the Pork Festival Board of Directors passed a resolution terminating the 2005 lease agreement, granting the easement of the 45,500 square foot building back to the Preble County Commission and Agricultural Society.
The project was made possible due to the countless hours and hard work of the dedicated volunteers at the festival. Some volunteers have been working at the festival since its inception 45 years ago. Others are second and third generation workers.
“Additionally, we want to thank our community sponsors and individuals who have donated funds and services that make the Pork Festival a great annual event: Beck’s Seeds-Creech Farms, Catrons Glass, Garber Electric, Hunt Butcher Shop and Newton Family Farms, Reid Hospital, Reiter Dairy, Pepsi, Wesler Orchard and Farm Market, Williams and Keckler LLC, Timken Steel, and Brubaker Grain and Chemical,” festival coordinators said in a press release.
They offered special recognition to Remagen Inc, and corporate sponsors, Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services and Freedom 1st Credit Union.
All proceeds from the Preble County Pork Festival go toward projects that benefit Preble County and its residents. Over $67,000.00 have been awarded to recipients of the Tim H. Miller Memorial College Scholarship and Preble County High School Scholarships. Additionally, the Pork Festival contributes to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, numerous food banks, and other county civic projects. Total investment in Preble County exceeds $1,700,000, according to the release.
This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, and plans are currently under way for another successful year. Those interested in volunteering or wanting more information about the Preble County Festival can go to www.porkfestival.org or call 937-456-7273.