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Hog roast will help feed needy families

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The turkey, stuffing and other Thanksgiving leftovers should be just about finished up this weekend.

That’ll give local residents another few days to build up their appetite for barbecue pork and chicken.

In an effort to feed the needy this holiday season, the Franklin Rotary Club will host the Jim Rhoades Memorial Hog Roast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Scott Hall at the Johnson County fairgrounds in Franklin.

Money raised at the event will be split between the Good Cheer Fund and the InterChurch Food Pantry.

The hog roast has been a longtime fundraiser for the annual Good Cheer Fund. Rhoades, owner of Rhoades True Value Hardware in Franklin and a former county commissioner, helped plan the event.

His idea was to do something to help the hungry over the holidays. With the Good Cheer Fund needing donations, he decided to plan a hog roast to assist.

Rhoades died in 2005, but the Rotary Club continues to put on the event every year, organizer John Auld said.

A menu of barbecue pork and chicken, green beans, rolls and other side items will be provided by Malone Catering, which is donating the food. Drinks have been donated by Monarch Beverage Co.

The Indian Creek FFA also will be on hand to sell pork chops.

Attendees are asked to give whatever they can for the meal. In the past, free-will offerings ranged from a dollar or two to $250, Auld said.

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