Read a little on who brings you the Johnson City Pig Roast motorcycle run and how it all started
In 1983 a band of less than a dozen motorcycle enthusiasts trooped around Johnson City
asking merchants and friends to donate toys to help provide a better Christmas for children
in less fortunate circumstances. This simple effort 24 years ago has grown to include a
large number of volunteers, events and raising thousands of dollars for the children housed
at the Cherokee Home for Children in Cherokee, Texas.
The need to raise more money for this toy run resulted in the 1st Pig Roast in 1992. The
Pig Roast is held at the Blanco County Fairgrounds, in Johnson City, TX on the second
weekend in October. The weekend activities usually include several bands, all of which
donate their time and talent, a motorcycle rodeo, an elaborate pork roast meal with all the
trimmings, continental breakfast on Sat. Morning, Sunday church services, free camping, an
auction from donated items, vendors of all types and a great time in a secure environment.
The three day benefit raises money from the gate and concession stand receipts, auction,
Raffle Ride and a variety of other events. When the Pig Roast began it was not only to
raise money for the Home but to give donors and attendees "something for their money".
This is something we still strive to do to this day.
While the Pig Roast raises the money in October, the Hill Country Toy Run is the end
result. By the first of December volunteers have purchased and wrapped individual gifts
for the children at the Home. Each child has created their own wish list and we make sure
they get the gifts they have personally requested. The remainder of the funds are
presented to the executive director to use as needed in running the home or meeting the
needs of the kids. To date we have helped provide a big screen TV for the family room, a
new playground, new computers, new games for the game room, $33,000 towards the
building of the great recreation center on the campus, and several thousand dollars in cash
donations. On that Saturday a caravan of motorcycles and vehicles, led by Santa, rallies
to the home and provides a very special Christmas memory for the children. After watching
the children open their gifts, a great meal is provided by the home and the day is
completed with bike rides for the kids. It is a day the children (and all of us) look forward
to every year!
The Hill Country Toy Run was established in 1994 to better organize these events and all
volunteers. Many of the Officers and Directors of this organization have been involved
with the Toy Run and the Pig Roast since they began. The primary purpose of the
Association is to provide for the needs of under privileged children, primarily the Cherokee
Home for Children, through the Pig Roast Benefit, donations, and various other fund raising
efforts. Currently we have about 85 members in the association. Membership is open to
anyone who wants to join or that just wants to help out with the Pig Roast or the Toy Run.
We look forward to continuing to raise money for good causes and having a good time in the
mean time. If you have any questions or are interested in participating we can be contacted
Thanks For All Your Continued Support,
The Hill Country Toy Run
Johnson City, Texas