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Glad you asked. I don't really know how far back the Pig Roast goes, but it has been around as long as I've been here (1990). The Pig Roast, is, perhaps the largest amateur party of the year in these parts. There can be anywhere from 200 to 300 guests over the course of 1 1/2 days. The event is generally annual, but, as you can see from last year, it's not always annual. The Pig Roast used to consist primarily of people who work for Digital Equipment Corporation in Hudson, MA, but has spread far beyond that over the years. The guest list is now very wide-spread and encompasses people from as far away as New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.
The central figure of the Pig Roast, as you might well guess, is the Pig. Traditionally, in the mid-hundred pound range, it roasts for 18-20 hours over a pure wood-fueled bed of coals. Someone must stay up all night with the pig turning it every 15 minutes and tending the fire. It's a long, tedious task, but with the help of friends, it can be quite enjoyable.
The pig, however, is not the only attraction. There is always plenty of other food, ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to vegetarian dishes and ethnic specialty foods. In addition to food, there is always an assortment of drinks (alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic). Sports run rampant during the Pig Roast. Volleyball is ususally the prime sport, but croquet, frisbee, whiffle ball, and many more sports can be found at the Pig Roast. And, of course, there is always the biggest party lure ... talking with friends, old and new, for the entire day.
The Pig Roast is a great place to get out and meet people from all different walks of life. It's a wonderful way to end the summer season.
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