SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Mission Bible Fellowship hosted their 7th annual 4 th of July pig roast on Wednesday.
It’s an event that’s been going for eight years but was not originally open to the public. However, after so much attention the clergy decided to make it open to the public and free for anyone who is hungry.
They estimate that last year’s event fed over 400 people and this year’s might have been close to 500. Aside from the food, the event featured games for kids and music.
Church pastor Craig Wilson says it’s a part of the Seeley Lake July 4th celebration that people have come to expect.
"Since we’ve been doing this for a few years, this is something that everybody counts on and people look forward too," said Wilson. "We just love seeing a lot of the folks that come out here for this. So we’re really thankful for the turnout and it really fits in with everything that’s happening with all the events on July 4th."
The pitmasters for the event got up at 7 a.m. Wednesday to start preparing the pig. The smoker that was used is from Pop’s BBQ in Seeley.
Right after eating some free BBQ, many folks walked right over to Main Street to catch the Seeley Lake 4th of July parade which began at 2 p.m. after C-130 flyover kicked off the festivities.
Seeley Lake’s Chamber of Commerce organized the event and this year’s theme was “Celebrate Freedom”. The local fire and police departments were among those who marched in the parade along with other members of the community.
Wednesday’s festivities will be capped off by a 10 p.m. fireworks show.