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Dorothy Ann Hill

Memorial Cook Off and the Hogeye Festival

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David Fenske (center)= alongside Tommy McCullough, one of the original cookers, and Ed Kylberg tour the pits of the Hogeye Festival’s cook-off in Elgin Oct. 22.   Photo by Sue BrasharDoug Prinz‘s team, Fire In the Hole, in this October 2019 photo include (from left) Mitchell Schroeder, Joe Nelson, Doug Prinz and Matt Cline   Photo by Sue BrasharThe Hogeye Festival’s pork cook-off is named after Gordon Swenson   Photo courtesy of Swenson family

The City of Elgin is hosting a yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration in honor of the community’s founding in 1872. 2022 is a year for the entire community to commemorate, educate and celebrate the rich history and highlight the cultural fabric of the last 150 years. The Elgin Courier is generously sharing a weekly “Sesquicentennial Story,” intended to provide new perspectives, pay tribute to the past, and help the community join together throughout the year and beyond.The 35th annual Hogeye Festival was Oct. 20-22 in downtown Elgin.The festival began in 1987 as Elgin Main Street Days and was held in Veterans Memorial Park. From the beginning, it was a festival created by local ...

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