Johnson City Pig Roast
Hill Country Pig Roast 2016
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 riends 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
surethey 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 at