The Seymour Noon Lions Club’s annual Pig in the Park is more than just a pork dinner.

It’s an event to bring people together and support those local agencies that work year-round to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and provide services and programs for area children.

This year, the Lions want to make the seventh annual Pig in the Park bigger and better.

The club is looking for community groups and organizations to participate by setting up booths at the event from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Gaiser Park.

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There is no cost to set up a booth, but each organization should provide an activity for kids and families along with having information about what they do.

Several groups already are signed up to participate, including the Seymour High School Archery Club and Robotics Club and Boy Scouts of America, all of which will be doing demonstrations; local police, fire and Jackson County Emergency Medical Services will have vehicles; and other community agencies will be providing information.

“We want to make this a fun, family-friendly day in the park with plenty of free activities for kids of all ages,” said event chairman Richard Beatty.

Pulled pork dinners will be available for $6.50, and there will be multiple bounce houses set up for kids, a basketball shoot and live music.

A charity motorcycle ride also is planned.

Pig in the Park serves as a fundraiser for the Lions Club, which uses the money to support Anchor House Family Assistance Center, Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Provisions of Jackson County Inc., Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Child Care Network and other organizations.

“Fundraising has been getting tougher, so this is a way for us to give back to the community and help these groups continue the work they do,” Beatty said.

Pig in the Park is expected to raise between $4,000 and $5,000, and more than 500 dinners will be made and sold, he said.

“We would love to have everyone come out and participate to make this a great day in the park,” he said.

Advance tickets to Pig in the Park are available at Union Hardware or Greemann’s Furniture in downtown Seymour, from Seymour Noon Lions Club members or by calling 812-522-1208. They also can be purchased at the park the day of the event.

Corporate ticket packages can be purchased at $50 for 10 tickets or $100 for 20 tickets.

Sponsors for the event include Darlage Custom Meats, Duke Energy, Premier Ag, Jay C Food Stores and Pepsi.

“We couldn’t do it alone,” Beatty said. “It’s a huge community effort.”

If you go

What: Seymour Noon Lions Club’s seventh annual Pig in the Park Community and Family Fun Fair

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26

Where: Gaiser Park in Seymour

Cost: $6.50 for a pulled pork meal with sides, drink and dessert

Advance tickets to Pig in the Park are available at Union Hardware or Greemann’s Furniture in downtown Seymour, from Seymour Noon Lions Club members or by calling 812-522-1208. They also can be purchased at the park the day of the event.

Corporate ticket packages can be purchased at $50 for 10 tickets or $100 for 20 tickets.

For information, to purchase tickets or to sign up to have a booth, contact Brad Nolan at 812-569-1886 or support@seymournoonlions.org, Christy Nolan at 812-569-1868 or Bob Beatty at 812-522-1208.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.