HARROD — There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend in Harrod. The village celebrates its founding 125 years ago, and it celebrates 25 years of the popular Pork Rind Heritage Festival with a festival that promises to harken back to the heyday of its popularity.
“Not necessarily bigger, but we’re definitely going back to how it began. It’s a big, big deal, and we’re determined to revitalize it,” said Chad Hughes, organizer of this year’s event.
“For one thing, when the festival began we had entertainment on the stage throughout. This year, we’re going back to that with constant entertainment,” Hughes said. And headlining the festival will be Nashville Crush, the local band that will be returning from the Country Music Association’s Fan Fair in Nashville.
“We are expecting more people than usual because of Nashville Crush, and we’re offering parking at the community center, fire department and parks,” Hughes said.
And they’re preparing more of the famous pork rinds. Also, organizers have moved the beer garden to a spot directly across from the stage so folks can imbibe and watch the show at the same time.
But it’s not just all music and food.
“We are having a greased pig contest, and a car show, a 5K, and cornhole,” Hughes said.
And new this year is something for the younger pork rind lovers. “We’ve got a Kangaroo Cave Kids Zone that’s full of inflatables. The kids can bounce there all day, get out long enough to eat some pork rinds, and come back and do more bouncing,” Hughes said. An all-day pass for that is $5.
“The weather always plays such an important role in an outdoor event, and this weekend the weather should be great,” Hughes said.