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June 22, 2016 - 5:48pm

Elba's annual Pig Roast and Craft Show is July 10th, Onion Queen to be crowned

posted by Zachary Lee in Elba Betterment Committee, elba, Onion Queen, news.

The fourth annual Pig Roast and Craft Show will be held at Elba Village Park from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. Admission is free.

"We're expanding off of the Onion Festival to bring community closer," said Carrie Mudrzynski, member of the Elba Betterment Committee, which is hosting the event.

More than 50 local vendors and businesses will be there, along with live music. The Mud Pit is cooking the meat. Plates are $10 and you can choose from pulled pork or hamburgers, and more. The Elba Betterment Committee is providing additional food.

Musicians include:

  • Front Porch Pickers
  • Mac and Company
  • Bobby and the Pedestrians

Although the beloved Onion Festival is history, after it began nearly 80 years ago, an Onion Queen will still reign. The Elba Volunteer Fire Department is holding the contest, so the tradition will continue.

The Onion Queen Parade will start at 3:45 p.m. Eight girls will be in it, riding on convertibles, and waving, of course. At 4:30, they will crown the Onion Queen.

Beforehand, at noon, there will be a Kiddie Parade.

Elba sports boosters will have a dunk tank. 

There will also be four bounce houses, costing $5 for unlimited use, and various games provided by Extended Sound from Wyoming. (Prices to be determined.)

Antique tractors from local farms will also be on display.

"Our biggest objective is to make this family affordable,” said Joanna Soules, president of the Elba Betterment Committee.

On-site parking is provided along with traffic control by Elba Volunteer Fire Department.

"While there are many donations, this event is funded by the Betterment Committee using monies from previous fund raisers," says Elba resident Pauline Miano.

This event is rain or shine; there is shelter available in case of rain. 

If you are a vendor and want to be included you can email the Elba Betterment Committee at:   [email protected]

Editor's note: The story has been corrected to reflect information provided by Pauline Miano and "Kim."

Pauline Miano
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Just a few corrections. There is no admission. The Fire Dept is handling the Onion Queen competition at this event, and no prices have been set for the games at this time. While there are many donations, this event is funded by the Betterment Committee using monies from previous fund raisers. Check out the betterment committee website for updates and details.

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Pauline and Kim, the story has been corrected to reflect the information in your comment and email, respectively.

Irene Will
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I don't understand why they're not still calling it the Onion Festival.

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Thanks for the "fix". Just so people aren't surprised...the Kiddie parade isn't like a real parade. It's just a fun time with kids riding bikes or walking in costume. It starts at the Town Hall and winds around Maple Ave to West Ave and then on to the park. The Onion Festival is a name that the Fire Department has used for years. The Betterment Committee would have had this pig roast even if the Onion Festival had gone on as in the past, so the two are not the same. The Fire Department is till overseeing the Kiddie parade and the Onion Queen crowning, they are just using this venue since it is a community event, and this is all part of what the Elba Community does best. So, sadly, there will be no big parade, but the girls will still get to ride on the back of a convertible, smile and wave. Hope to see many people there!!

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Sound like a great idea and a fun time for the kids!

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