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Pig-n-Swig gets bigger every year

— Cars, motorcycles and pork will be the featured attractions at the Keeseville Elks Lodge’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The fourth annual Pig-n-Swig will be held this Sunday, June 17, starting at noon and lasting throughout the day.

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The Pig-n-Swig motorcycle rally proceeds will benefit Elks' veterans programs.

“We brought together a car show, motorcycle rally and pig roast into one event,” David Gload, Pig-n-Swig Committee chair said. “The dinner is actually a pork and chicken buffet with salads and other sides, as well.”

Gload said that the event was the biggest fundraiser of the year for the charitable organization, bringing in $15,500 in 2011.

“The event has really doubled in size each year,” he said. “We went from 22 cars the first year to 85 and 80 motorcycles last year, and we are expecting around 85-100 cars and just as many bikes.”

Gload said that the event had a lot of support from the community, both from those who attend and from local businesses.

“This year, we have 89 businesses that have helped to sponsor the event,” he said. “We get a lot of people that come in and participate in the 50/50 raffles, chinese auction and other events.”

The funds raised from the event go to a number of programs, including the Elks Cerebral Palsy program, youth organizations, a Clinton Community College Scholarship and other charitable contributions.

“The lion’s share goes to helping to fight Cerebral Palsy,” Gload said. “The money raised from the motorcycle rally goes towards veteran’s programs.”

Registration for both the car show and bike rally start at 9 a.m. on June 17, with the motorcycle rally starting around 11 a.m. and the car show opening at noon.

“The rally goes from the Elks Lodge to the American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh and back,” Gload said. “We will have car show awards at around 4:30 or 5 p.m., and things start winding down around 6 p.m.”

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