Long-standing traditions return: Hog Wild Days enters 39th year

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Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.34.01 PMISLAND CITY — After nearly four decades of successful events, the organizers of the Hog Wild Days seem to subscribe to the “don’t fix what isn’t broken” school of thought.

Continuing several long-standing traditions, the Hog Wild Days festival will once again include a pork dinner, parade and pig-barrell train ride for children.

The family-friendly festival starts June 2 with the annual Roasted Pork BBQ Dinner, hosted by the Island City Lions Club.

The dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Island City School gymnasium. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 12 and younger.

Roasted pork, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, garlic bread, dessert and a drink
comprise the meal. The Lions Club will also make carry out available.

Meanwhile, local merchant vendors will set up near the school. The public is welcome to come and “see all the specials,” according to a flier for the event.

June 3’s festivities begin with a Pancake, Egg and Sausage Feed. The La Grande Rural Fire District will be serving up the hot breakfast from 6 a.m. to
11 a.m. at the fire station in Island City. The feed costs $6 for adults and $4 for children.

The annual parade begins at 11 a.m. The Island City Lions Club sponsors the parade, which often includes antique car clubs, tractors and horses.

The flea market runs all day, starting at 8 a.m. This year’s market features more than 100 vendors. Among the booths will be food and arts and crafts vendors.

The flea market then continues all day Sunday, again starting at 8 a.m.

Vendor information is available from Al Weathermon. He can be reached at 541-963-3540 or 10409 S. A St., Island City.

The children’s Pig Train, a consistent favorite among festival-goers, will be providing rides throughout the festival. The train links together barrel cars that have been fashioned to look like pigs, complete with snouts, ears and curly tails.

For more information regarding Hog Wild Days, find the 39th Annual Hog Wild Days event page on Facebook.

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