3 dishes you NEED to try at the Preble Co. Pork Festival

The Preble County Pork Festival, which returns Sept. 16 and 17 in Eaton, was started in 1970 as a way to show off their agricultural pride.

In fact, the area has been deemed the Home of Swine Improvement in America, thanks to the trailblazing efforts of local farmers and the late Wilbur Bruner, who established the first swine testing station in 1946. 

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The festival offers arts, crafts, live entertainment and of course, lots of food. About 125,000 people devour 54,000 pounds of meat served at this festival every year. This delicious celebration of farm-to-plate will have meat eaters in constant drool mode. 

Here are three things you definitely should not pass up. 

1.) BACON!

Farm fresh bacon will be among the many mouth-watering items available at the Preble County Pork Festival. (Glen Stubbe/TNS)

Most everyone loves bacon, but have you had farm fresh bacon? Your local grocer has nothing on this festival’s Country Store. In addition to fresh bacon, you can purchase ham, loin, ribs, roast pork, sausage, pork chops, jerky and more.

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The Preble County Pork Festival features two long fire pits to serve up their succulent pork chops. (Martin Wheeler III)

The festival’s Chop Stop features a meal that would fill up most appetites. The meal comes with a barbecued pork chop, potato wedges, applesauce, a dinner roll, a slice of pie and a drink for $8. You can add a second chop for $2. That’s a solid deal. 

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Start your day of festival grazing off right with pancakes and sausage.

No need to stop for breakfast before hitting the Pork Festival because the organizers have that waiting for you from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each breakfast comes with pancakes, fresh smoked sausage and a drink ($7 adults, $4 for children). 


What: Preble County Pork Festival

When: Sept. 16; 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 17; 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton

Cost: Free

Info: 937-456-7273 | WebsiteFacebook

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