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Scouts go hog-wild at annual Lowell roast

Joe Propst committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 101 carves up hog for troop's annual Memorial Day weekend fundraiser. |

Joe Propst, committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 101, carves up the hog for the troop's annual Memorial Day weekend fundraiser. | CArrie Napoleon~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 26, 2014 6:35AM



LOWELL — Joe Propst and Jeff Busgraaf fired up the smoker at midnight Friday to begin slow-roasting the hog for Boy Scout Troop 101’s annual hog roast fundraiser.

“We got here with the pig and started cooking it right away,” Propst said Saturday as he carved at the meat. Propst is the troop’s committee chairman and Busgraaf is scoutmaster. The hog, donated by Belstra Milling Co. in DeMotte, is the highlight of the annual Memorial Day weekend fundraiser for the scout troop.

“It was 225 pounds after it was cleaned,” he said.

The day, warm and sunny, was perfect for an afternoon of outdoor activities.

The event includes the hog roast, rummage sale and a classic car show on the American Legion Post 101 grounds in downtown Lowell. The Legion is the troop’s sponsor. Motorcyclists also had the opportunity to participate in a poker run hosted by the American Veteran’s Motorcycle Association.

Bryan Wisneski of DeMotte was taking a break from the car show to eat one of the barbecue pork sandwiches. Wisneski was showing a 1988 Dodge and a purple Duster at the event.

“This is the first (car show) I’ve ever done,” Wisneski said. A buddy helped him fix up the cars and told him about the Boy Scouts’ show.

Nikki Mauk of Lowell was thumbing through a stack of old albums looking for bargains at the rummage sale.

“I’m looking for albums and baby things. I have a 1-year-old,” she said. Mauk comes to the event each year because her stepfather is a member of the American Legion.

“I found two records, a candle, a shirt and of course baby toys,” Mauk said. “It’s a lot of fun.”



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