“Wild Hog Roast” Hopes to Start New Arkansas Tradition

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Gillett, Arkansas is well-known for its annual Coon Supper, which raises money for local scholarships.  The organizers of the first-ever Wild Hog Roast in Leachville, Arkansas hopes that its event will start a new tradition.

Leachville lies in far northeastern Arkansas just south of the Missouri bootheel between Blytheville and Jonesboro.  The event will raise money for the Butterfly House, which according to their website is a “faith based recovery center” for women. “We exist to provide a safe place for women to live and experience the love of Christ while breaking free from the bondage of addiction,” the site says.

The roast will serve wild boar, which has been hunted by local hunters including First District Republican Congressman Rick Crawford pictured below with a 350-pound hog killed for the event.

The event begins at 6:30 on Saturday at the Adams Land Company in Leachville.  More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Much like the Gillett Coon Supper, there will be a pre-event fundraiser for Congressman Rick Crawford with a long list of notables attending including Democratic State Sen. David Burnett.

What – a Democrat hosting a fundraiser for Crawford?

I asked Burnett about this at the capitol this week and he tells me this does not indicate he is throwing his support behind Crawford, but rather supporting the Butterfly House which is in his district.  Previously, Burnett signed a letter encouraging Rep. Clark Hall to run, but he tells me that he is staying out of the Congressional race for now.

“I have my own race to focus on,” said Burnett. “But I did want to support the good work being done for the Butterfly House.”