Old farm implement collection
One of the truly unique exhibits on display at the Hogeye Festival is the old farm implement collection.
Franklin Boettcher began this exhibit at Hogeye about five years ago with his implement seats. These iron seats were used with horse-drawn plows during the last half of the 19th century, prior to farmers using tractors for plowing, and he now has accumulated about 220 of them.
Boettcher is a member of the Central Texas Old Iron Collectors group, which is part of the national organization. His showpieces at festivals now include old tractors from the 1940s and 50s, plows, and a number of other pieces of old farm equipment.
He encourages the public to add to this exhibit. He said, “If anyone has an old tractor or farm tool, they should bring it to Hogeye.”
His enjoyment is having people come by and look at these implements, which reflect the earlier days of farming. He will entertain and inform you with their history. Look for the display next to Bancorp South on North Main Street.
Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork Cook-Off
The Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork Cook-Off signifies that the Hogeye Festival is in full swing.
The event is located in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot, located at the south end of the festival on Central Avenue, and the delicious smell permeates all of central Elgin for hours while it lures citizens and visitors alike to the Historic Downtown area.
Sue Brashar and Doug Prinz are co-chairs of the event and will award prizes to the winning cooks. You can compete by registering your team starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25, or you can judge! Sign up to judge starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Chamber office and visitors center.
Anyone is eligible to participate in any or all of the categories, and each category has criteria, which must be met. The most important qualifier is that all entries must be pork or have pork in them.
Those with BBQ pits may check in on Friday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m., although no one may begin cooking until Hogeye morning. Check-in resumes at 6:30 on Saturday morning, and soon thereafter smoke will begin wafting through the air.Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m.
Judging takes place throughout the day, with beans being judged first at 10 a.m.. Each hour afterward will present a new category to be judged, including sausage, spare ribs and pork butt. The Open category may involve a dish or only meat, but the main ingredient must be pork. After all, the Hogeye Festival is “a time for warm hearts and hot guts” and October is National Pork Month!
For specifics on entering the Pork Cook-Off, please visit www.hogeyefestival.com.
Road Hog Car Show
John Schnell has been involved in some way with the Road Hog Car Show for 15 of the 20 years of its existence with the Hogeye Festival. He began by assisting, but he has now led the show for a number of years.
This is the annual car show for the Lone Star Car Club, which sponsors the Road Hog Car Show.
Schnell shared, “The Road Hog Car Show is a 'must see' part of the festival. While you're taking in all of the sights and sounds of the Hogeye Festival, come enjoy the 20th anniversary of the car show, and I promise it will be one of the best yet! Please stop by and check out all of the participants.”
Car check-in will be take place on Central Avenue from 8 to 10 a.m. on Hogeye Saturday. Show cars will line up on Main Street and Central Avenue for car enthusiasts to view and admire.
While there, be sure to visit their tent on Avenue C and Central Avenue, where interested goers may register to become a member of the Club. T-shirts from yesteryears will also be for sale.
When asked if he would have a car to show, Schnell replied, “Oh yes, my 1966 Impala! I’ve had it since it was new.”
The Hogeye Festival is sponsored by the Elgin Main Street Board, an organization supporting downtown revitalization, the City of Elgin, and is underwritten by area businesses. Proceeds from the festival go toward downtown improvement projects ranging from new sidewalks to beautification.
The free festival features live music and entertainment on three stages, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a children’s costume pet parade, a carnival, the Road Hog Car Show, the Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork Cook-Off, Cow Patty Bingo, the Pearls Before Swine Art Show and great festive food.
The Hogeye Stroll is on Thursday, October 25, and the Free Hogeye Street Dance with Kenny Orts and No Chance is on Saturday, October 26.
For more information, visit www.hogeyefestival.com or Facebook @HogeyeFestival and Instagram @VisitElginTx.