Preble County Pork Festival Scholarship Essay

Preble County, Ohio – Events Schedule – 2018

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Preble County offers many local festivals such as the Preble County Pork Festival, Lewisburg Derby Days, Camden Black Walnut Festival, New Paris Apple Fest, West Alexandria October Festival.

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February 23 & 24 –  Antique Tractor Pull Expo Building – Lloyd Lee – 336-2025

March 1 – 3 – DeKalb Super PullPreble County Fairgrounds – Expo/Bruner Building Mike Butcher 937-645-0960

March 9 – 10  –Rabbit Festival – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo

March 18 & 19  – Dorset Sheep Sale Preble County Fairgrounds – Bruner Arena

April 13 – 15 – Preble County Business Expo – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo Building, Eaton, Ohio (Fri. 3pm-8pm & Sat. 10am-4pm) Preble County Chamber

April 14 – Pig Sale Bruner ArenaDon Michael & Sons

April 15 – OVKA Points Race #1  G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

April 26 – 29 – Fort St. ClairDog Show Preble County Fairgrounds, Eaton, Ohio

April 29 – OVKA Points Race #2  G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

May 6 –  OVKA Points Race #3  G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

May 7 – 12 – Banner Sheep Show & SalePreble County Fairgrounds

May 18 – 19 – Relay for LifePreble County FairgroundsFFA building and grandstand areaContact Darian Rader 937-733-9534

May 20 –  OVKA Points Race #4  G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

May 12 – 14 – Ohio Dorper Showcase Show & Sale – Preble County Fairgrounds – Expo & Bruner

May 30 – June 3 – National Road Yard Sale Route 40

June 3 – OVKA Points Race #5 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

June 16 – OVKA Points Race #6 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

June 16 – Bridges Bikes & BluesPreble County Historical Society

June 30 – July 1 – OVKA Points Race #7 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

July 15 – OVKA Points Race #8 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

July 21 – OVKA Points Race #9 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

July 7 – 8 – Smokeout Preble County Fairgrounds

July 28 – August 4 – Famous Preble County Fair

August 2 – 5 – Route 127 Yard Sale

August 5 – OVKA Points Race #10 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

August 11 – OVKA Points Race #11 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

August 12 – OVKA Points Race #12 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

August 16 – 18 – Lewisburg Derby Days–Lewisburgcontact Park Harry 937-962-4377

September 9 – OVKA Points Race #13 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

September 15 – 16 – Preble County Pork Fest

September 22 – 23 – New Paris Apple FestOld School house

September 22 – OVKA Points Race #14 G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

September 29 – OVKA Charity Race G&J Kartway – Camden 1619 Barnets Mill Road – 937-452-1218

October 13 & 14 – Octoberfest West Alexandria – Peace ParkA wonderful Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, held annually in a beautiful community park for 46 years. Come and enjoy a peaceful Fall weekend with handmade crafts and delicious food, much of it home made by local organizations. E-Mail Address   kiwanisoktoberfest@earthlink.netLocation

October 21 & 22Black Walnut Festival – Camden, Ohio  937- 452- 3076

November 23 – Annual "White Christmas" Celebration– 6:00 PM Located in Downtown Eaton Parade begins at Eaton Middle School, E. Decatur Street at 5:30 p.m., Courthouse lawn lighting, Eaton Area Community Choir, Christmas Carols by 2nd Graders, Christmas Music by Eaton High School Band & a visit with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus & lots of Door Prizes. For information contact Patty Wagner 937-456-1705

December 1 thru 31Whispering Christmas ALL Month – December 1st thru 31st from 6 pm – 10 pm each evening. Located at Fort St. Clair Park, Eaton, Ohio. Features lighting display and visit with Santa Claus on Wed., Fri., Sat., & Sun. from 7-9 pm up until Christmas eve. For information contact the City of Eaton at 937-456-4125

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These tender juicy chops don’t need any barbecue sauce covering up their big, meaty, savory flavor. They are quite tasty dressed up just as they are.

Ever since we came up to Ohio from Florida about twenty years ago, we have continuously been enamored of the local fall festivals that pick up at the end of August and run through late October. Among these has been the Preble County Pork Festival, in Eaton, which, in years past, has been a craft-a-palooza and arts fest loaded to the hilt with  fair foods tdf. And among these has been the line-up of open fire grills, charring one tasty brined chop after another, the smoke wafting high into the air. We could smell them long before we ever got there, savoring every breath in wicked anticipation of the treats ahead. We were *never* disappointed.


Pork chops being grilled at the Preble County Pork Festival

And recently, I had come across a food piece in the Dayton Daily news claiming to have the secret recipe for the flavor in their chops. You have got to know that I was interested. Eaton is, after all, a bit of a drive from here and I would rather relax and grill at home *any* day. But I was dubious.

For one thing, these chops are not cooked in a skillet.

Secondly, the amount of salt looks suspiciously like a brine, not a baste.

But o.k. I went along with it after seeing some nice looking chops on the meat counter. This recipe does kind of demand a thicker chop. But upon stirring up the mixture and giving it a taste (I *always* taste things when mixing and cooking), the sugar balance is waaaay off. Usually with other people’s recipes, I have to scale the sugar way back. But here it was decidedly missing.

So I have adjusted the recipe, used the *baste* as a brine, grilled them instead of pan-frying, and am actually pleased with the results. Yeah, *this* tastes like a Preble County Pork Fest Pork Chop.

But should you wish to prepare this recipe the way the Dayton Daily News suggests, follow this link: Pig Out on Pork. I think you should make the recipe that suits you best. If you do decide to make my version of their recipe, drop me a comment and let me know how it turned out. Or even if you like their better, for that matter. I don’t stand on protocol here.

It’s all about the food.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
  • 2 pork chops (3/4-in. thick)

METHOD:

  1. Stir together brine ingredients until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour over chops in a ziplock bag, then marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Next day, bring the chops to room temperature and drain from the brine while heating the grill.
  3. Grill chops until about 145-150 degrees F. in the center, then remove from heat and allow to rest before cutting (they will continue to cook to about 5 degrees higher.\
  4. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into the meat.

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