Pig Roast 2010

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Pig Roast fundraiser to coincide with another Make Shop demo/expo/open house

Event Recap / Lessons Learned

  • $595 Raised (Profit)
    • $317 from pig roast tickets.
    • $239 from random donations.
    • $40 from selling an oscilloscope.
    • 1 membership application
  • Cooking the Pig
    • Pit Cooking was much easier than Spit Cooking. The pig can be left unattended for longer periods of time.
    • Need to open the Aluminum Foil not over the pit/fire. Can cause a grease fire: Video of the great Pig Grease Fire of 2010
    • We need a larger pig next year the food was all gone in about 1.5hrs during a 6 hr event.
    • I think we were more money conscious this year, and uncertain how many people were going to attend, so we made a safe bet with the smaller pig. Now that we know how many folks to expect, we can afford to go bigger next time. --MrWorld
  • The NPR ad seemed to bring a lot of folks in. It was easy and free, and we should probably keep asking for these whenever it makes sense to do so. --MrWorld
  • People love the 3d printing and CNC machines. --MrWorld
  • Maybe use something like eventbrite to presell tickets
  • Have name badges or some way to get an official headcount

Basic Event Information

The pit after application of mortar.
  • Name: TBD ("pig roast")
  • Logistics: Omegix 15:36, 29 September 2010 (CDT)
  • Date: 11/06/2010
  • Time: 1PM (Attendee Arrival Time)
  • Location: Make Shop
  • Cost to Attend: $10 / person, or $15 for two people.
  • Silent Auction

To-do (captured from 2009 Lessons Learned)

  • Need to get pig at least 48 hours in advance. - Todo: Preaux
    • Needed to find a place to defrost the pig in between when it was picked up and brought to the event. Ended up using Preaux's bathtub
    • Time was needed to inject the pig with spices and marinades
  • The BBQ sauce from MM was good. - Todo: Preaux
  • Making a breakfast and energy drink run for the early morning volunteers started the day off right. - Todo: Omegix
  • Time to cook the pig took closer to 8 hours, roughly two more than we were expecting for a 50lb pig - Todo: Preaux
    • Pig needed to be closer to the fire
    • We ended up building a hut around the pig out of extra lumber, covered in aluminum foil to reflect the heat back into the hut.
  • Having a second main food item really helped with easing people's hunger during the cooking time.
  • The main drink was Ice Tea. We had five medium size bags of ice purchased for the event, only needed about two to three.
  • Could have had more change on hand before the event. It worked out alright, but there were moments when we had to ask people to wait on us to make change. - Todo: Omegix
  • Event cost roughly $180 to put on, with a $150 pig. Event brought in $545, a net of about $388. About $75 of that was reimbursable seed money that was donated after the event. Todo: N/A
  • In the event of motor failure on the rotisserie, you can just turn the pig every 5-10 minutes.
  • a sprayer to keep the pig moisturized was a great tool to have on hand

The Pig

  • Rocket City Meats.
    • A 48 lb. half pig (no head/feet) for $103.17 is available for pickup on Nov. 4th (preaux to pick up) --Omegix 13:51, 14 October 2010 (CDT)
    • Mr. Phillips requested we reserve closer to the event. Planning to Call back in mid October. --Omegix 09:34, 1 October 2010 (CDT)
    • Whole 50lb Pig With Head is $3.29 / lb (~$164)--Omegix 09:31, 1 October 2010 (CDT)
    • Half Headless 55-60lb Pig is $1.99 / lb (~$110)--Omegix 09:31, 1 October 2010 (CDT)
    • 50lb pig is now $3.49 / lb, or $175. The said I could call tomorrow and talk to Mr. Phillips to see if we could get a better deal since we bought from them last year. --Omegix 16:50, 30 September 2010 (CDT)


  • Shop Cleanup
    • Jeff and Crashcart are going to pick up the shop during the wee hours while the pig cooks.
  • Tech Expo - MrWorld heading
    • Projects to display (unconfirmed as of 10-13)
      • HSIS Module - Bender (confirmed), Brimstone for Q&A (confirmed).
      • Quad Copter - Kinsey (confirmed)
      • 3D printing - enabrintain (confirmed)
      • Forge and Foundry - gregabyte (confirmed)
      • RC Lawn Mower - ?
      • QR Codes
      • Screen printing - MrWorld (confirmed)
  • Pig
    • Omegix
    • Preaux
    • Your Name here!
  • Second Main Dish - Alii will cook it if someone else can fund it.
  • Wood Chips - BrokenTrace is cutting and bringing hickory wood
  • Charcoal (6 bags) (size of bags?) - Opticron
  • Pig Roasting Apparatus
  • Pit
    • Contacted Jenkins Brick company to ask for spare bricks. Waiting on reply. --Omegix 14:19, 27 October 2010 (CDT)
  • Chairs
    • Omegix can bring 5 chairs
    • Alii can bring 3 chairs
    • Brimstone can bring 4 chairs and a card table.
    • MrWorld bringing 3 chairs
    • More chairs needed - Volunteer Needed
  • Silent Auction - Volunteer Needed
    • Soap from Erik and Wife's Soap Shop
  • plates, cups, knives, spoons, forks, bowls - Jeff


Breakfast for 7AM morning volunteers

Alii needs to know how many to cook for. If you'll be there at 7AM, please add your name.

  1. Alii
  2. Omegix
  3. Preaux
  4. crashcart
  5. Tuttle


  • Pasta Salad - Alii
  • a savory casserole of some sort or else some savory finger foods - frigidzephyr
  • Awesome Dip (Bacon Cheese Dip) - Gregabyte
  • Chips - Gregabyte
  • Vegetarian Chilli - Alii


  • brownies - benalene
  • apple pie - benalene
  • (possibly) a walnut tart - benalene
  • Pumpkin Pie - Brimstone


  • Concentrated Tea - TAIN

Not Yet Advertised To

  • Fliers - (going up 10/25) Bandito Gov, UAH
    • Alii is posting fliers as well

Advertised To

  • Fliers - Bookmark, Bandito South Side, Panera Bread, Atlanta Bread Company
  • Facebook Event
  • NPR Service Announcement
    • Saturday, November 6th, Makers Local will be having their second "Pig Roast & and Tech Expo". The Makers will be showing off their latest Do-It-Yourself projects. There will be a quad rotor RC helicopter, a display of the flight hardware used in their award winning near-space balloon flight, an aluminum forge, a 3-D printer, a remote control lawn mower project and more. The Tech Expo is free to attend, and starts at noon. Makers Local is located at 203 Brown Street off of Clinton in downtown Huntsville. Visit makerslocal.org for more details.
  • Update email sent to general list (2 weeks out)
  • Makers Local Web Page
  • Livejournal Huntsville Community