New Bloomfield set to go Hog Wild

Central Missourians are invited to go “Hog Wild at the Square” Saturday night in New Bloomfield.

Featuring food, music, games, and a live auction, the event is sponsored by the New Bloomfield Education Foundation to raise money for student-teacher classroom grants to be awarded this fall.

Susie Hinrichs, the foundation’s Hog Wild at the Square organizer, said the event will be from 6-10 p.m. at the 445 Redwood Drive (Route J) in New Bloomfield.

Hinrichs said last year’s Hog Wild event was well attended and the foundation awarded $15,000 in classroom grants to New Bloomfield schools.

“We will need a good turnout Saturday to be able to award $15,000 in classroom grants this fall to New Bloomfield elementary and high school teachers,”

Hinrichs said. “This event is our major fundraiser for the year, and we will need to clear about $7,000 or $8,000 to make our goal of $15,000.”

The event will include a washer tournament, a dunking booth, watermelon-eating contests and seed-spitting contest.

“We are working on possibly having a fire hose game with the help of the New Bloomfield Fire Protection District,” Hinrichs said. “It’s a game where kids use a fire hose to spray a rubber ball from one end of a wire to the other end.”

Other attractions for youngsters include face painting, bobbing for apples and a hula hoop contest. Another event will be a Pigs Fly contest. Youngsters form a circle and toss rubber pigs toward a hula hoop. The flying pigs that land inside a hula hoop about 25 feet away will earn a prize.

Another attraction is a 50-50 raffle, with half of the money from ticket sales going to prizes.

Items donated to the foundation will be sold to the highest bidder in a live auction, starting at 8 p.m.

Donated items for the live auction include four tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals last game of the season with the Chicago Cubs as well as four free ticket vouchers to Cardinal games during the 2014 season.

Other auction items include four University of Missouri Tigers football tickets, Adirondack chairs, golf balls and two sets of show tickets to Branson theaters.

“We also are going to auction all of the cobblers and fruit pies that people have made and will donate to us,” Hinrichs said. “My mom is going to bake two cobblers and they are going to be worth a fortune. They are so good.”

Tickets for the barbecue pork dinner with dessert are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

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