|The Langlade County Fair was unofficially capped for the year Thursday, when Lakeside Market hosting the annual 4-H pig roast.|
The yearly event, with proceeds to benefit the 4-H scholarship fund, drew hundreds of diners, who munched on pork sandwiches, potato salad and apple sauce with ice cream for dessert.
“It’s been steady all day,” Krista Otto, Langlade County’s 4-H and youth development agent, said. “And it’s great because all of the proceeds go into the scholarship fund for 4-H.”
Lakeside Market purchases the pig for the cookout at the market animal sale held during the Langlade County Fair, creating the final tie-in to the summertime highlight. The store donates the pig, with 4-H leaders, members and volunteers doing the cooking and the selling.
“We think 4-H is a great cause,” Jim Schofield of Lakeside said. “We enjoy going to the fair and bidding on a pig, and then bringing it back here and hosting the cookout.”
Schofield said it’s especially gratifying for the store, which has been involved in the event for half-a-dozen years, because the purchase of the pig at the sale benefits the young exhibitor selling the animal, and the pig roast helps other 4-Hers continue their education through scholarships.
“And it’s a lot of fun,” he added.
There was an especially festive atmosphere this year, with Corey Koeppel serving as a deejay, members of the 4-H Ambassadors group doing face painting, and youngsters in the 4-H Clover costume encouraging customers.
“We just wanted to spice things up a bit,” Otto said.
Shelli Misfeldt, who sold the tickets for the roast, said that by just after lunchtime, about 350 meals had been sold.
“We’ve been pleased with the turnout,” she said.
People holding out for a pork sandwich for dinner were disappointed. The big roasters were sold out and the stand cleaned up by mid-afternoon, well before the usual 5 p.m. cutoff.
An inviting lineup of 4-H members and staffers were ready to serve pork sandwiches outside Lakeside Market on Thursday. From left are Sydney Shestak, Robby Hagerty, 4-H Agent Krista Otto, Jamie Spychalla, Sandy Solin, Pia Spychalla and Masha Anderson.