Optimist Club, Ruritans planning Hog Day

03/31/2014 1:22 PM

03/31/2014 1:24 PM

County residents have formed a local Optimist Club chapter to lead the planning for a revived Hog Day festival.

The club will accept charter member applications for the next two weeks. More information is available on the group’s Facebook page.

Craig Lloyd, the club’s president and vice chairman of the Hog Day Committee, said they formed the club because it could take a while for the committee to get nonprofit status.

“We thought, let’s just marry these two ideas together. It gives us nonprofit status and all the benefits,” Lloyd said.

Nonprofit status will make the Hog Day Committee eligible for grant money. The goal is to become self-funded within the next few years, he said.

Lloyd also confirmed that Hog Day will be held June 20-21 at the Efland Ruritan Club, located at the intersection of U.S. 70 West and Forrest Avenue East in Efland. The 32-year event has been held in downtown Hillsborough for many years.

The Optimist Club is working with the Efland Ruritan Club to keep the festival going, he said. The groups want to return the festival to its roots, with all proceeds benefiting Orange County programs, projects and nonprofit groups, he said.

There are two parking lots at the Ruritan Club, and public transportation also might be available, Lloyd said. The Ruritans also will host the car show.

Capital Ford of Hillsborough has expressed interest in being an event sponsor for the new Hog Day, and Lloyd said he sent out about 50 sponsorship packets this week to other businesses and groups.

Hog Day’s previous organizers, the Hillsborough-Orange County Chamber of Commerce, canceled the event in January to focus on economic development, memberships and local businesses.

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