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Alum Creek Lions Club’s 36th annual pig roast and car show on tap Saturday

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter

Hog calling bragging rights will be on the line this Saturday, Aug. 12, when the Alum Creek Lions Club’s annual pig roast and car show gets underway at Lions Park on Coal River Road, Alum Creek.

The event begins with antique car show registration at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $10. Trophies will be given to the top 50 entrants. There will be specialty trophies, dash plaques and free gifts for each car entered.

“We give away door prizes all day,” said Carla Graley-Finch, the new president of the Alum Creek Lions Club.

The concession stand will open at 8 a.m., offering hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue and soft drinks. Roasted pork dinners will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. A community pig roast meal will start at 5 p.m. in the Alum Creek Community Center. The cost of this meal will be $5.

Community residents cook and provide the food that is served with the roasted pork. Dinners are served rain or shine.

“They start roasting the pork at 2 a.m.” the morning of the event, Graley-Finch said.

One of the main events of the day will be the Maggie Graley Memorial Pig Calling contest, which will start at 12:30 p.m. The pig-calling contest is named in honor of Graley-Finch’s late grandmother, who was a longtime Alum Creek resident.

“She passed away two years ago at 93; she had won a prior hog-calling contest” at the event, Graley-Finch said.

She said her grandmother was proud of the trophy she won.

“It was her pride and joy; it became one of those things she bragged on,” she said.

Graley-Finch joined the Alum Creek Lions Club after her grandmother died. Her grandmother winning the pig-calling contest “is one of my favorite memories.”

For the pig-calling contest, there are adult and children’s divisions, she added.

Other events at the pig roast and car show will include a horseshoe pitching tournament starting at 10:30 a.m. Adults and children are invited to participate.

And this year, “we’re adding some water events,” Graley-Finch said. “We want to make it more family-friendly. There will be something for everyone.”

The pig roast and car show is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the Alum Creek Lions Club. It gives the club opportunities to provide funding for community activities and to help those living in the Alum Creek area.

One of the biggest projects the club is involved with is helping people with sight-related issues.

“We help in the community if someone can’t afford an eye exam,” she said.

The Alum Creek Lions Club is also active in diabetes awareness programs.

The club is also partnering with the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department to help underprivileged children in Alum Creek.

“We had our first Family Movie Night last Saturday. We have another one scheduled in September.”

For more information about Alum Creek Lions Club or the pig roast and car show, call Graley-Finch, 304-552-5534, or David Pauley, 304-756-3525.


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