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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HOGEYE FESTIVAL

City staff: the backbone of a really pig event A stroll down the hall of the city annex may seem like a complete transformation to Hogeye Central. Entering the office of Community Development Director Amy Miller or her administrative assistant Ryan Faurot, most folks have no doubt those two are hard at work planning the most porcine festival in all of central Texas. Posters of Hogeyes gone by and shelves filled with gifts and souvenirs of all things pink and piggy gives one the sense that Priscilla lives there, too. In preparation for the 26th anniversary in 2013, Miller and Keith Joesel, Hogeye Festival chair, have met weekly since early spring. The meetings frequently produce pages of action items to be accomplished. These items range from a logistics meeting between Hogunteers and the public works department to consulting with the graphic designer. Michael Gonzalez, Parks and Recreation Program Director, coordinates the Cow Patty Bingo efforts for Hogeye with the Friends of Elgin Parks. He frequently steps in to lend a hand with festival details. Hogeye has a dedicated phone line, email address and website for comments and inquiries. These are all maintained by a host of city staff. In-house production and printing of Hogeye information, sorting checks coming in from vendors and sponsors and answering hundreds of phone calls and walk-in customers involves almost all city staff in the front office. The public works department, including Joe Parten, Terry Fowler and the overall crew provide extensive logistical support to the festival. During the week of Hogeye the crew works tirelessly to accomplish all of the set-up that is required in the downtown district. Although the Hogeye Festival cannot

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GETTING IN THE SPIRIT OF HOGEYE Terry Fowler helps paint the grid for Cow Patty Bingo on First Street with the help of several city workers. Downtown has been bustling with activity as everyone prepares for Hogeye! occur without an army of Hogunteers, Amy Miller and the rest of the city staff make planning, preparation and execution of the festival run like clockwork. Ed Rivers, current Main Street Board President, worked with organizing Hogeye twenty five years ago. “Due to the hard work by hundreds of individuals over the last 26 years, people come from all over Texas to visit Elgin and enjoy this award winning festival,” shared Ed Rivers.

Three-day carnival offers family fun

The 26th Annual Hogeye Festival will feature a carnival, from Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26. Thursday and Friday are family nights with wristbands (must be 36” tall) for all rides. The rides, games, lights and music from the carousel add a festive feeling to

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downtown. The carnival will be located in the vacant lot next to El Maguey on South Main Street. The carnival is sponsored by the Greater Elgin Chamber of Commerce and Elgin Main Street Board.

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