2020 Clinton Apple n' Pork Festival

>>Saturday, September 26 Apple n' Pork Virtual Interviews from WHOW/WEZC Broadcast


Museum Director Joey Long


Wapella Christian Church Pastor Josh Gorrie

Clinton YMCA Executive Director Rennie Cluver

Clinton Scouts Troop 1142


Dick Koritz - President of Clinton Kiwanis Club


Kelby McMath - DeWitt County Museum Board President



Kendra Wallace - Clinton FFA Alumni 


Danielle Decker - Clinton YMCA Otter Swim Team Parents Board President


Patty Klemm - Waynesville Women's Club


Brian Ennis - Clinton Athletic Booster Club President



Heather Wantland - Second Chance for Pets



Am-Vets - Marc Rogers



Venture Crew Troop 2142 - Bob Kreitler



Rotary President Kelly Ragan



DeWitt County Museum Board President Kelby McMath - Post Coverage, Post Ham n' Bean Sales Interview



>>DeWitt County Museum Missing Apple n' Pork, Thankful for Community Support


The City of Clinton is missing the 80,000-plus visitors that annually make tracks for the annual Apple n' Pork Festival as COVID-19 has le the cancellation of this year's event, but that isn't stopping organizers from making the most of the situation.


While so many DeWitt County and other central Illinois groups benefit greatly from the festival, Director of the DeWitt County Museum and CH Moore Homestead, Joey Long is missing the many great intangible pieces of the Apple n' Pork Festival that make it a one-of-a-kind event. 



Clinton and many in central Illinois are very aware of the importance of the Apple n' Pork Festival to the historic home on Clinton's north side and Long points out the Apple n' Pork Festival has allowed the Homestead to keep itself up and remain viable.



Thousands and thousands of dollars are raised each year for the Homestead through people taking tours of the homes and from partial proceeds raised by the community groups on the grounds. Long notes, however, there are many expenses with hosting the festival. 



As the pandemic has left the Homestead unable to accept guests and visitors, not just Apple n' Pork Weekend but also throughout the last six months, Long is very thankful for the generosity shown by the community to continue to support them. 


You can learn more about the Apple n' Pork Festival by finding the event's Facebook page or also seek out the DeWitt County Museum on Facebook as well. 

>>Community Overwhelms DeWitt County Museum In Support of Ham n' Bean Sales


It took a little more than two hours for the DeWitt County Museum to sell out of their  kettle-cooked ham n' beans and ham sandwiches.


Board President Kelby McMath tells Regional Radio News they were overwhelmed by the support shown today and says they did better than they could've imagined.



McMath says whatever the total number of dollars raised will help and only minutes after selling out, he was overwhelmed by the amount of support they received.



Despite losing the Apple n' Pork Festival, McMath says conservative budgeting by the Museum Board in recent years has set them up to still be in good shape to make it through the year despite not having the revenue from their biggest fundraiser.



Social media chatter suggested the lines for the ham n' beans were backed up Center Street to the old Save A Lot near the railroad tracks. McMath notes he never saw the line, however, many motorists they talked said it was indeed back up that far. 


The Homestead originally planned for 450 servings of ham n' beans but at the last minute increased the amount to 600 servings. 


2020 Clinton Apple n' Pork Festival Events


Friday, Sept. 25


  • 4 pm - 6 pm - Clinton Rotary Club Pulled Pork Dinner - Drive-thru pick-up at American Legion Hall, 219 N Elizabeth St. - $8 Includes Pulled Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Bottled Water - Tickets can be purchased from a Rotarian or at DeWitt Savings Bank-302 W Main St., Wilson Chrysler Jeep-307 E Main St. - Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event too.


Saturday, Sept. 26


  • 6 am - 2 pm - Clinton LifeBridges Church, 200 South Alexander Street - Curbside pickup breakfast includes biscuits & gravy, eggs, sausage, fried apples, and drink ($8) - Fried pies $5


  • 8 am to 5 pm - Magill ResToration Centre - Selling used and donated treasures - Silent auction - Bake sale - Tours of Magill House by donation


  • 10 am - 2 pm - Clinton Kiwanis Cookout at Clinton IGA


  • 10 am - 2 pm  - Christ Lutheran Church, 701 South Mulberry Street - River Rat Potatoes ($4) - Drive through, enter parking lot from the west on Leander Street


  • 10 am - 5 pm - FFA Alumni butterfly pork chop sandwiches fundraiser at Clinton Antique Mall - 1439 Illinois-54


  • 3 pm - 7 pm - DeWitt County Museum/CH Moore Homestead ham n' bean, ham sandwich dinner at Homestead grounds
  • 6 pm - 8 pm - Anderson Ford/Baum Chevrolet Buick Car Cruise - Cruise originates at Anderson Ford off Route 10 in Clinton - Prizes awarded - Gift card giveaways 


Sunday, Sept. 27


  • 6 am - 2 pm - Clinton LifeBridges Church, 200 South Alexander Street - Curbside pickup breakfast includes biscuits & gravy, eggs, sausage, fried apples, and drink ($8) - Fried pies $5


  • 11 am - 5 pm - FFA Alumni butterfly pork chop sandwiches fundraiser at Clinton Antique Mall - 1439 Illinois-54


Saturday, October 10 


  • 11 am - 3 pm - Clinton YMCA/Otter Swim Team pork cutlet sandwich, loaded baked potato meal at YMCA parking lot (Drive through)


Hear "virtual" Apple and Pork Festival coverage this Saturday, September 26, airing on both WHOW/WEZC, dewittdailynews.com, the WHOW mobile app, and Amazon Alexa live from the Big Red Barn from 10 am until at 6 pm.


Hear from groups like the Boy Scouts, the Clinton Rotary Club, Clinton Kiwanis Club, the Clinton Athletic Boosters and CH Moore Homestead, and DeWitt County Museum leaders among many, many throughout the day.


The stations will donate 25% of the dollars collected from local businesses that are sponsoring the virtual coverage, to the C. H. Moore Homestead and Museum.


>>Clinton To Look Different This Weekend as Apple n' Pork Festival Falls to COVID


Normally this week, the City of Clinton would be buzzing in preparation for tens-of-thousands of visitors for its annual Apple n' Pork Festival.


Thanks to COVID, nearly the entirety of the festivities are being canceled but that isn't slowing down a few groups who are forging ahead with plans to try to make something of this pandemic centered year. The CH Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum Board have decided to return to its roots. Director Joey Long says they are going to simply offer their ham n' beans and smoked ham sandwiches.



To make things safe for their volunteers and the public, the food will be served in a drive-thru fashion. Long explains they are still finalizing how they will arrange for traffic flow but those wishing to purchase meals will pull up, pay for their food, and have it delivered. 



The ham n' beans and ham sandwiches are a staple of the festival. Long points out they will be serving from 3 pm to 7 pm, or until they sell out. They will be preparing around 450 servings of food, and ham n' beans will be served by the quart. 



According to Long, follow the Apple n' Pork Festival Facebook page for details on the way they will directing traffic. Also, follow the Facebook page for updates on all things Apple n' Pork Festival. 


Also, this Saturday tune in to The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM and 95.9 FM WEZC, along with all Regional Radio News' online platforms including the WHOW mobile app and Amazon Alexa, for virtual coverage of the Apple n' Pork Festival. 


You'll hear from over a dozen groups who are annually at the Homestead grounds and set up in the community and benefit greatly from the tens-of-thousands of visitors that make tracks to Clinton for the annual festival. Groups include the Boy Scouts, the Clinton YMCA, the Clinton Am-Vets, and the Clinton Athletic Boosters among many more. 


Coverage Saturday begins at 10 am and will go until 6 pm.


>>Clinton Legion Stepping Up To Aid Groups Seeking to Still Host Alternate Apple n' Pork Events


As the City of Clinton embarks what will be an unusually quiet last full week of September with the annual Apple n' Pork Festival canceled, a local veterans group is stepping up to give back to a community that has been very supportive of them.


Tom Reddington and his fellow veterans at the American Legion are allowing several community groups to use their expansive kitchen to prepare food for what will ultimately be a less-than-normal Apple n' Pork weekend in Clinton. He says it is their way of giving back to a very generous community that has supported them.



For Reddington and his fellow veterans, in a time when the community is in need, it makes them feel like they are still serving.



Among groups hosting fundraising efforts this week are the Clinton Rotary Club's Friday night pulled pork dinner, the Clinton Kiwanis Club's Saturday cookout at IGA, and the DeWitt County Museum's ham n' beans and smoked ham sandwiches sales on Saturday evening. 


Get a full list of weekend alternate Apple n' Pork Festival events in Clinton by visiting dewittdailynews.com and clicking on the Apple n' Pork icon at the top of the home page. 


>>Clinton Rotary Planning Friday Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser


The Clinton Rotary Club will be among a half-dozen or so groups in Clinton this weekend hosting fundraising efforts during the traditional Apple n' Pork as the event is canceled for 2020.


According to the Rotary Club's Connie Unruh, Rotarians will be serving a pulled pork dinner at the Legion this Friday night. They ask tickets to be purchased in advance of the Friday night event however, meals can be purchased Friday night.



The Rotary Club has a long history of supporting community causes and groups. Unruh says their annual Apple n' Pork sales help supplement those efforts and in recent years, they continue to pay the City of Clinton back for funds fronted to them to upgrade their pickleball courts and playground equipment.



The Rotary Club began meeting again in mid-summer. Unruh says for them, it is very important to make the connections through their meetings and help the community.



Rotary pulled pork meal tickets are available from any Rotarian or at DeWitt Savings Bank or Wilson Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Meals are served from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Clinton American Legion Hall at 219 North Elizabeth Street. 

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