Huey flights, 90s rock headline Pork Rind Festival


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



American Huey 369 gives rides during a Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod in June of 2018.

American Huey 369 gives rides during a Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod in June of 2018.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

The car show winners will be revealed Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.

The car show winners will be revealed Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Jeremy Higbie prepared pork rinds during a 2018 Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Isiah Simpson, 5, gets his face painted during the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in June, 2018.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Friday, June 18:

Membership flights open—1 p.m.

Pork rinds available, beer garden opens—5 p.m.

National anthem by Marty Enis, Main Stage—6 p.m.

Festival trivia, Main Stage—6:10 p.m.

Pork Rind Princess crowned, Main Stage—6:30 p.m.

Festival trivia, Main Stage—6:35 p.m.

Victims of Love, Eagles tribute band—7 p.m.

Fleetwood to the Max tribute band—8 p.m.

Pearlstone tribute to Pear Jam and Stone Temple Pilots—9 p.m.

Greenday and 90s rock tribute—10 p.m.

Main Stage closes—11 p.m.

Marty Enis in the beer garden—11 p.m.

Festival closes—12 a.m.

Saturday, June 19:

Fresh pork rinds at the pavilion—9 a.m.

Huey 369 flights, $100 per person—10 a.m.

Parade line up, Harrod Firehouse—11 a.m.

Pork Rind Festival Parade—12 p.m.

Craft show opens, Main Street—12 p.m.

Silent auction and bingo, Hospitality Tent by Blake’s Garage—1 p.m.

Tractor-pull registration, at the train—1 p.m.

Pork Rind Festival Cruise-in Car Show—1 p.m.

F.J. Boerog, Main Stage—2 p.m.

Kiddie tractor-pull at the train—2 p.m.

Car show winners, Main Stage—4:30 p.m.

Huey flights end—5 p.m.

Silent auction drawing—5 p.m.

Historical Society raffle winner—6 p.m.

Military wood carving auction, Main Stage—6:30 p.m.

Rowe and Hager Show—7:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Country Band, Main Stage—8 p.m.

Main Stage closes—11 p.m.

Rowe and Hager at the beer garden—11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

HARROD — Fresh fried pork rinds are back this weekend with the return of the Pork Rind Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday, bringing two days of 90s rock tribute bands, family entertainment and helicopter rides from American Huey 369 to Harrod.

Dozens of Vietnam War veterans are expected to partake in the festival, turning the festival into a miniature reunion for members of the 176th assault helicopter company who flew the restored aircraft that will be on display in Harrod 50 years ago.

The Huey flight reunions have become part of the healing process for Vietnam-era veterans, said Steve Kerchenfaut, himself a Vietnam veteran and member of the Auglaize Township Historical Society and festival committee.

“That sound brings back memories,” Kerchenfaut said, stirring emotions of past traumas that some veterans have not dealt with since returning home from war.

The flights will also be available to anyone attending the festival who purchases a $100 membership. Each flight is roughly 7-8 minutes, Kerchenfaut said.

The Pork Rind Heritage Festival began in 1989 during the village’s centennial celebration. Today, the annual festival is sponsored by pork rind manufacturer Rudolph Foods, drawing hundreds of tourists and Harrod residents to sample the pork rinds each year.

Festival-goers will have their choice of cracklins, tenders and regular pork rinds, available in barbecue and traditional flavors.

Live entertainment this year will showcase 90s rock, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles tribute bands, along with Ohio musicians from the Sugar Creek Country Band.

American Huey 369 gives rides during a Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod in June of 2018.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/06/web1_pork-rind-RP-007.jpgAmerican Huey 369 gives rides during a Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod in June of 2018. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
The car show winners will be revealed Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/06/web1_pork-rind-RP-009.jpgThe car show winners will be revealed Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Jeremy Higbie prepared pork rinds during a 2018 Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/06/web1_pork-rind-RP-014.jpgJeremy Higbie prepared pork rinds during a 2018 Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Isiah Simpson, 5, gets his face painted during the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in June, 2018.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/06/web1_pork-rind-RP-015.jpgIsiah Simpson, 5, gets his face painted during the Pork Rind Heritage Festival in June, 2018. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

Friday, June 18:

Membership flights open—1 p.m.

Pork rinds available, beer garden opens—5 p.m.

National anthem by Marty Enis, Main Stage—6 p.m.

Festival trivia, Main Stage—6:10 p.m.

Pork Rind Princess crowned, Main Stage—6:30 p.m.

Festival trivia, Main Stage—6:35 p.m.

Victims of Love, Eagles tribute band—7 p.m.

Fleetwood to the Max tribute band—8 p.m.

Pearlstone tribute to Pear Jam and Stone Temple Pilots—9 p.m.

Greenday and 90s rock tribute—10 p.m.

Main Stage closes—11 p.m.

Marty Enis in the beer garden—11 p.m.

Festival closes—12 a.m.

Saturday, June 19:

Fresh pork rinds at the pavilion—9 a.m.

Huey 369 flights, $100 per person—10 a.m.

Parade line up, Harrod Firehouse—11 a.m.

Pork Rind Festival Parade—12 p.m.

Craft show opens, Main Street—12 p.m.

Silent auction and bingo, Hospitality Tent by Blake’s Garage—1 p.m.

Tractor-pull registration, at the train—1 p.m.

Pork Rind Festival Cruise-in Car Show—1 p.m.

F.J. Boerog, Main Stage—2 p.m.

Kiddie tractor-pull at the train—2 p.m.

Car show winners, Main Stage—4:30 p.m.

Huey flights end—5 p.m.

Silent auction drawing—5 p.m.

Historical Society raffle winner—6 p.m.

Military wood carving auction, Main Stage—6:30 p.m.

Rowe and Hager Show—7:30 p.m.

Sugar Creek Country Band, Main Stage—8 p.m.

Main Stage closes—11 p.m.

Rowe and Hager at the beer garden—11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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