AURELIA, IA (KTIV) – 2019 marks the year of the pig .
On Saturday, pork producers in Aurelia celebrated 50 years of production by holding a special fundraiser.
Guests at the fundraiser were allowed the opportunity to try a variety of pork products.
KTIV’s Chief Meteorologist was among the community members trying out the food as a judge.
For half a century, this banquet has been held in honor of pork producers of Cherokee County.
For the past six years, a scholarship has been given to student hoping to continue the tradition.
Last year enough money was raised to send 8 students to school.
About 2700 dollars was raised.
Saturday’s funds were raised at the banquet through an auction and donations.
“That’s going to be the future of our industry so we’re hoping that they come back live on the farm raise pigs somewhere or some kind of a job that promotes animal agriculture,” says Scott Osborn a Cherokee County Pork Producer.
The winner of the competition says at the end of the day, this banquet is all about the pork producers.
“Up here in northwest Iowa everybody likes to help everybody out so this is a good way that they can come help out the pork producers and raise money because they do a lot of work around here for people,” says Matt Peterson, the Contest Winner.
Considering that 2019 is the year of the pig, organizers say they are hoping to give scholarships to even more students this year.