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HARROD Theres 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 were definitely going back to how it began. Its a big, big deal, and were determined to revitalize it, said Chad Hughes, organizer of this years event.

For one thing, when the festival began we had entertainment on the stage throughout. This year, were 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 Associations Fan Fair in Nashville.

We are expecting more people than usual because of Nashville Crush, and were offering parking at the community center, fire department and parks, Hughes said.

And theyre 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 its 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. Weve got a Kangaroo Cave Kids Zone thats 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.

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