New Bloomfield Education Foundation goes Hog Wild

Summer event to raise funds for classroom grants

The New Bloomfield Education Foundation will hold a fundraiser event, Hog Wild at the Square, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 4 at 635 Redwood Drive. The event will feature a hog roast, music, hog- and pig-themed games and a live auction, with all proceeds going toward classroom grant awards.

The event will take place at “the Square,” a name given to an area off Redwood Drive that was used as a hang-out by area teens during the ‘70s and ‘80s after the Chicago and Alton railroads fell into disuse. Event coordinator and Education Foundation president Susie Hinrichs and her husband had recently purchased the land around the same time her organization was planning their next big event.

“Our development committee had the idea to do a dinner, dance and live auction-type of theme,” said Hinrichs. “One of our board members has his own barbecue sauce, and said he would roast a hog. We said if you’re going to roast a hog, let’s make this an outdoor event. In the meantime my husband and I bought the square land. It was really neat, it just developed into Hog Wild at the Square.”

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