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Annual Rock Ledge 'Oink' Nov. 12 shows old-time farm preparations for winter

      
Steve Zettlemoyer of Zettlemoyer’s Custom Meat Processing plays on an audience member's squeamishness while butchering a hog during last year's "Everything but the Oink" event at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
Westside Pioneer file photo
Activities at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will demonstrate how old-time farmers prepared for winter in the annual “Everything but the Oink!” event Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       Admission is $8 for adults, with lower prices for seniors and children. Ranch memberships are also available. The Rock Ledge entrance (and parking lot) is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       The city-owned, 230-acre facility is run in the style of the 1880s.
       “Everything but the oink” is an old expression reflecting the full use early settlers made of the hogs they slaughtered in their efforts to get by. “To keep meat from spoiling during the curing process, hogs were processed in the cool fall months of the year,” elaborates a Rock Ledge event flyer,
       Also demonstrated will be sausage- and soap-making techniques, the flyer states.
       For more information about the event, or becoming a member of the Living History Association (the ranch friends group), call 578-6777 or go to rockledgeranch.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/2/16; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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