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Whole Hog Festival on Oct. 5 to benefit The Well

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No little piggy should ever, ever have to go without. That’s why this fall Spring Hill is puttin’ on the hog. 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, John Maher Builders’ Whole Hog Festival will return to the 107-acre Tennessee Children’s Home campus, promising a full day of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

“The event will be $5 per person with children 10 and under free, with proceeds going directly back to The Well so that we can feed the hungry in Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, Santa Fe and College Grove and help those in need,” Shelly Sassen, executive director of The Well Outreach, said.

Formerly known as the Country Ham Festival, the Whole Hog Festival is a community fundraiser for The Well Outreach, a Spring Hill nonprofit food bank that provides food assistance for schoolchildren and families in Spring Hill and surrounding communities.

The Well has experienced double digit growth in the number of families it feeds over the past two years, and additional funds are needed to continue to serve families in need.

“We knew that the Country Ham Festival was a much-loved event in Spring Hill every fall,” Sassen said. “It had been discontinued, but longtime festival sponsor John Maher approached us about reviving it as a fundraiser for The Well. That made perfect sense to us. 

“Our motto is: ‘It takes a community to feed a community.’ We wanted the opportunity to share our story and mission of The Well with our local communities. We want people who might need us to know we’re here to help, and what better way to showcase a food bank than to celebrate food and family fun.”

John Maher Builders’ Whole Hog Festival will feature:

  • Food– 20 food vendors will be on hand, with many serving various kinds of pork-based products, including barbecue, ribs, brisket, sausage on a stick, gourmet bacon, country ham, hot dogs and pork rinds. Martin’s Barbecue is donating a whole hog to the festival as a food contribution.
  • Music– Eight bands will be performing throughout the day on the main stage, including headliners High Valley, Herrick, Carrolton and more.
  • Arts and Crafts– Local artisans will have jewelry, clothing, accessories and home décor for sale.
  • Kids Zone– For children of all ages, there will be attractions including a petting zoo, photo opportunities with pigs, circus performers, jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists and opportunities to “Touch the Truck” with vehicles on site for kids to check out.
  • Whole Hog Extras – Who doesn’t love a hog-calling contest? Presiding over the calling festivities will be Mayor Rick Graham of Spring Hill and Mayor Andy Ogles of Maury County. There will also be a “guess the weight of the hog” contest and a dunking booth.
  • Fireworks– The festival will conclude with a major fireworks display at 7 p.m.

Title sponsor John Maher is proud to be able to help bring back this popular festival for Spring Hill and surrounding communities and for the benefit of The Well Outreach. 

“John Maher Builders has been a supporting sponsor of this festival from the beginning,” Maher said. “We know how important this event has been to the community over the years — this will be the 15th festival — and we are proud that we can have it be a fundraiser for The Well, which does such vitally important work for children and families in need in Middle Tennessee.”

Other sponsors for the Whole Hog Festival include Groove Life (fireworks), SR Residential (stage), DeBerry Insurance (petting zoo), Maury Regional Medical Center (Kids Zone) and Culvers (food court).

“Putting on a high-quality festival like this with musicians on stage, food vendors, animals to see and pet, arts and crafts, and fireworks takes a lot of helping hands,” Arica Robinson, community development director for The Well, said. “We couldn’t have committed to doing this festival without our sponsors and vendors, and the many community friends of The Well who have stepped up to make this event enjoyable and special. We look forward to seeing everyone at the festival and getting a chance to share our story there.”

The Well will collect food donations at the event with a goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of food. Local schools, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, and families are encouraged to rally around this cause. 

The Whole Hog Festival is a rain or shine event, and it will take place at the Tennessee Children’s Home campus, located at 804 Branham Hughes Circle in Spring Hill. 

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