NANTY GLO —
The sixth annual Nanty Glo Pool ’n Pork proves the thunder doesn’t stop at the train station. Varieties of hog – the edible and metal kinds – converged on the Nanty Glo Pool and Park for live rock from band Fuse, cold brew and smoky swine.
Slender, bikini-clad girls from around the area – as well as two other states – certainly helped.
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor Township, had the difficult task of judging which would win the top prize of $500.
“Sometimes there’s the good days and sometimes there’s the bad days,” he said, clearly hinting at how his Friday was panning out.
“There’s a lot of beautiful girls,” Burns said.
Organizer Jay Evans, vice president of the Nanty Glo Municipal Authority, said the “Miss Hawg” bikini contest never fails to draw a crowd.
“Every year it seems like we get a bigger crowd and a bigger turnout for the contestants,” he said, although withholding his favorite. “They’re all beautiful. It brings out the best of ’em, I’ll tell ya.”
Although the event is much more quaint and family-oriented than its city counterparts, Evans said if there are any detriments to breaking away from Thunder proper, he hasn’t seen them yet.
“It hasn’t hurt us,” he said. “It was a financial decision. I’m sure if we were still connected with Thunder, it would be an advantage for us, but it was too financially demanding.”
Each of the Pool ’n Pork’s four food vendors served pork in some fashion – pulled, sausage, smoked or brisket – but Evans said there’s certainly room for more pork in the park.
“We’d like to have more (vendors) next year,” he said.
“If people out there want a chance to make some money, this is a really good opportunity, whether it be a church or a city organization.”
Anthony Previte of Nanty Glo, a member of the volunteer fire department, said it’s the department’s goal to mix up the event for future park-goers.
“It’s getting more exposure every year, and that’s a good thing for Nanty Glo,” he said.
Plenty of skin was exposed by the pool as well, as Danica Hoover of Mundys Corner was crowned this year’s first place bikini contest winner. The massage therapy school graduate said the $500 will be put to good use – paying off her student loans.
“I would like a vacation, but I’m a homebody,” she said.
Today, the Pool ’n Pork gets an earlier start, with the kids’ pig-tail chase and a cornhole tournament. Registration for the tournament ends at 1 p.m.
“It’s a really nice event and I’m glad I was able to participate,” Burns said. “I think what we need to do is start marketing this region a little. I know a lot of little communities are breaking away from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, but I really think we all gotta work together to solidify this event and make it bigger.”