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Hog roast raises over $20,000

Members of Goodhue County's 19 4-H clubs serve roast pork, sauerkraut, potato salad, fruit, baked beans and more at the 15th annual hog roast.1 / 2
Jeremy Schafer delivers the chant while fellow auctioneer Dominic Frazier works the crowd at the Goodhue County 4-H hog roast and auction Sunday, April 30, 2017. Photos courtesy of Goodhue County 4-H2 / 2

For the 15th year, the community went hog wild for Goodhue County 4-H. Club members and leaders served more than 950 meals and raised over $20,000 through ticket sales, cash donations, auction proceeds and in-kind donations April 30. The event was at the Goodhue Lions Community Center.

All 19 Goodhue County 4-H community clubs contributed to the success, program coordinator Aly Kloeckner said. In addition to working the event and selling advance tickets, each club also donated a "themed" basket or item for the silent and live auctions.

All proceeds go to support 4-H programming on a county level, such as 4-H camps, educational workshops, leadership programs, state fair trips and more.

4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in Minnesota and the largest in the nation with 6 million young people. Goodhue County 4-H claims more than 600 youth members and 200 adult volunteers. It is ranked the fourth-largest county 4-H program in Minnesota.