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Elks get motors running at Pig 'n' Swig

KEESEVILLE - Fathers Day could prove special for many local young people as Keeseville Elks Lodge #2072 will hold its second annual Pig 'n' Swig June 20 in an effort to raise money for several charities.

All are invited to join in the festivities as lodge members cook up a summer-style barbecue to cap off a day that includes a motorcycle rally, horseshoe tournament, and classic car show.

Roughly 65 local businesses are sponsoring the event, more than double the number from last year.

"Last year went very well," said past exalted ruler David Gload. "we had between 200 and 225 people come."

63 riders on 48 motorcycles raised $800 for the Albany veterans' hospital at last year's event, and 22 cars participated in the car show. Another $1,800 was collected to fund the Elks' charitable programs throughout the year.

"I think if it is a nice day, we will probably surpass last year by quite a bit," said Gload.

At 10 a.m., motorcyclists will embark from the Keeseville Elks Lodge to the one in Ticonderoga. Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at a cost of $15 per bike and $5 for additional riders.

From noon to 2 p.m., entrants may register for the classic car competition, which will be judged by public vote. There is a $15 registration fee.

Added this year is a horseshoe tournament that will start at 2:30 p.m. Also, Plattsburgh blues band Zip City will be on hand providing live music throughout the afternoon.

There is no cost to enjoy the food, which includes roast pork and chicken, salads, hamburgers and hot dogs. Any donations are welcome.

Proceeds from the day go to benefit the many charitable causes patronized by the Elks, not the least of which are those afflicted with cerebral palsy.

"We donate quite a bit of money to youth programs in the local area," Gload said, noting how local charities like Hannah's Hope and Clinton Community College's College Assistance Program have been major beneficiaries in recent years.

"Normally, in the course of the year, Keeseville Elks gets solicited by quite a few local causes," he added. "We try to accommodate each and every one within our budgetary constraints."

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