Pig 'n' Pie Fest promising muddy good time
POWASSAN – Mud slinging is making a return in Powassan, only this time it’s not at a council meeting.
The Powassan Agricultural Society, in partnership with Gridlock’d Media, is hosting a first-time event, a Pie ‘n’ Pie Fest.“It’s a fundraiser for the fair to bring more money in,” Rita Desbiens, Agricultural Society president, says. “Hopefully it’s going to become an annual thing. We’ll see how it goes.”On Friday, June 19, starting at 4 p.m., the Powassan fairgrounds will open for live music, mud events, games, and — of course — a pig roast.
“It’s something different than a lot of other events in the area.” - Cliff LaRose
Three bands are taking the stage throughout the evening. Opening are local groups Chris D. Renaud and the CDR band, and Ramblin’ Fever. Headlining the night is The Ring of Fire, a Johnny Cash experience, with June Carter.
If country’s not your thing, there’s plenty more fun to be had. Vendors will be set up across the fairground. There’s also a pie baking contest and a pie-eating contest. And while Desbiens is praying for good weather, rain won’t detract from the big events: mud bogging and mud wrestling.
“We’re still working on that,” Desbiens says of the mud wrestling. “It’s one of those things that you never know. … We had it at the fair a couple years ago and you’d be surprised the people who had no [reluctance] about jumping into mud and wrestling around for money.”
While the pigs being roasted aren’t local, they will make for good pulled pork. There will also be a beer tent on the grounds and other activities, such as a dunk tank.
All proceeds from the event go towards the annual Agricultural Society fall fair on Labour Day weekend. But the Society didn’t come up with the idea.
Cliff LaRose, owner of Gridlock’d Media, moved to Powassan a few months ago from Hamilton. His girlfriend was from the area and wanted to be closer to friends and family. As for him, he always wanted to live “anywhere but the city.”