By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
A look at Wendy Dore's Facebook page and the announcement.
The Labadie Pig Gig has been a well-attended event in Bay City for 20 years.
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -
The organizers of Bay City's Pig Gig are ending the pork picnic after 20 years and more than $1 million raised for local charities.
"I was hoping maybe someone else would take over," said Pig Gig organizer Wendy Dore.
But nobody did take over and Dore decided to pull the plug.
Dore posted the following on her Facebook page around 1 p.m. Thursday:
As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."
Thank you for your past support of the Labadie Pig Gig! After 20 years the event has raised $1,000,000 for local area charities and has offered the best in ribs and family entertainment for the Great Lakes Bay Region!
It is a bittersweet message to announce that the event has accomplished its goals and will no longer be held.
This news is receiving some mixed responses from people who enjoyed the event.
"It was one of the only things we looked forward to every year, that and the River Roar. But yeah, it's messed up," said Bay City resident Lupe Castillo.
"I would definitely take at least a weekend if not the week off of work. I loved the Pig Gig, I love when the community comes out and we get together. It's just a great time," said Pig Gig fan Dan McDowell.
Charities, like the Santa House in Bay City, will miss out on the money the event raised. Mary Ida Doan, president of the Santa House, said last year her nonprofit got a check for $1,500 from the Pig Gig. Doan said her organization will miss the money, but there's no hard feelings.
"She did a fantastic job, and we can never thank her enough," said Doan.
TV5 has been a sponsor of the August event for more than 10 years and often won the People's Choice "Best Sauce" Celebrity Competition.
For a look back at the fun memories, click on the slideshow to the left of this page.
Businesses in the area tell TV5 that they expect to feel an impact to their bottom line due to the development.
Stay with WNEM.com for more details as we learn more details about the end of the Labadie Pig Gig.
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