The 21st Annual Pork Rind Heritage Festival will take place on June 11 and 12 in Harrod. The annual activities are set: the chili cookoff, the Civil War cannon demonstrations, the Pinewood Derby, 5K run and daily entertainment. Director of the Festival, Bill Gossard, says that it is not only an opportunity for the community to gather, but it is a fundraising event for the Festival Committee to do good works.

The Festival Committee makes donations to other non-profits such as 4-H groups, and to the Harrod Fire Department and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. The Committee has also bought tables in the past for the Allen East Community Center, and plans to purchase more. This year, they also sponsored a $500 scholarship for an Allen East graduate.

The Cruise-in and car show will return for its second year at the Festival. Gossard said that only a dozen cars participated last year, but through word of mouth, "it should more than double." He said the popularity of car shows will "bring the people in." The cars also participate in the parade, which begins Saturday at noon.

New for 2010 is an "Art that Oinks" art contest. High school students have been entering different pieces of art, like sculptures, paintings, and ceramics that celebrates the provider of pork rinds - the pig. Gossard explained that the response and "the enthusiasm was fantastic! We have over 50 entries." The entries will be pared down to six, and they will be on display during the festival for the public to vote on. The winner will receive $250.

Gossard noted that by far the most popular item at the Festival is the pork rinds. He said people were standing in line for over an hour last year to buy them, and so the Committee purchased a third deep fryer to remedy the situation for this year's event. Gossard expressed his thanks to Rudolph Foods for their support of the Festival.

"We appreciate the partnership with Rudoph Foods. This is the best thing to happen to this community and we want to thank them."

There are three large prizes that will be raffled off this year. Two of them, a 2009 Dodge Avenger SE and a Zero Turn Toro Mower Z4220, will be raffled off by the Festival Committee. A third prize, a gas golf cart that is "street legal" will be raffled off by the Historical Society.

2010 Pork Rind Festival Schedule

Friday, June 11 (6-11 p.m.)

6 p.m. - Cake Wheel begins; Art Contest Judging (all evening)

6:30 p.m. - Arnold Coy

7 p.m. - Bible School program (last year over 125 children participated); Voting begins for Chili Cookoff (buy a sample of chili for $1 and vote for your favorite!)

7:25 p.m. - Jim Boedicker

8:30 p.m. - Rita Motter; Winner of Chili Cookoff announced

9 p.m. - 5th Street Breakdown

9:30 p.m. - DJ Dave Lawrence

Saturday, June 12 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

5K Run - Sign in at Fire Dept. at 7:30 a.m.; 1K Run at 8:30 a.m.; 5K Run at 9 a.m.

12:00 p.m. Noon - Parade

12:30 p.m. - Cake Wheel begins; Art Contest Judging (all day)

1 p.m. - 2nd annual Pork Rind Festival Cruise-In

1:30 p.m. - Corn Hole Tournament

2 p.m. - LARKS Radio-Controlled Aircraft at the Fire Dept. (NEW event)

3 p.m. - Sunset Junkies

4 p.m. - Bessie Bingo

5 p.m. - Art Contest Judging ends

6 p.m. - Rudolph Foods announces winner of Art Contest

6:30 p.m. - Raffle drawings for a 2009 Dodge Avenger SE and a Zero Turn Toro Mower Z4220

7 p.m. - Josh Hawkins Band

9:30 p.m. DJ Dave Lawrence - 50's Sock Hop