KEESEVILLE - In one day, Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072 held three events raising big dollars for three important reasons.
On June 13, the lodge hosted its second annual Motorcycle Rally, first annual Classic Cruisers competition and the first annual "Pig N' Swig" - raising money for veterans, Hospice of the North Country and community events, respectively.
"We kind of threw everything into a pot and we thought maybe it would go," said past exalted ruler David Gload at the beginning of the event.
The Pig N' Swig idea came from two lodge members who transferred to Keeseville from Poughkeepsie, where they had an annual "Swine N' Dine."
"We couldn't use 'Swine N' Dine,' so we threw some stuff around and we ended up with the Pig N' Swig," explained Gload. "It's going to be a pig roast. So, that's where the pig came from and the swig, I'm sure there's people out there having a beer or two."
"It rhymed and it just seemed to have a catchy name, so we went with that," he added.
"It sounds better than 'Pork N' Beer,'" added trustee Jan Downs.
Through donations, the event raised $1,800, which will go toward charitable efforts within the communities the Keeseville lodge serves.
The motorcycle rally, in its second year, saw a definite increase in participants. Last year, it rained during the rally, only bringing in seven bikes.
"The motorcycle rally was all by itself last year," explained Gload. "It was just something that one of our members, who has since moved away, came up with and we decided to do it."
This year, the rally saw 48 bikes and 63 participants, which brought in $800, all in registration fees.
"That's what it's all about," Gload said, referring to the high increase of participants. "Of course we had a nice day to start with, which is key."
Following the annual Flag Day ceremony at the Keeseville Elks Lodge, rally participants rode to the Ticonderoga Elks Lodge in time for their ceremony.
Finally, the Classic Cruisers competition, which brought in $190 for Hospice of the North Country through registration fees, was an effort Gload had been hoping to host for many years.
"We bantered this [idea] around for a couple years because we've got a lot of room out there to have some sort of a car show," he said.
Gload met with Champlain Valley Classic Cruisers president Jerry Seymour during Plattsburgh's Battle of Plattsburgh days last September, when they were showcasing their vehicles at Veterans of Foreign War Post 125. Seymour told Gload to let him know of a date and he'd see if he could get some cars to the event.
Nearly 20 cars showed up to the Pig N' Swig, although not necessarily all were CVCC members.
"It's not really a full-blown car show," Gload said, "because there's 41 classes in a car show."
"You get what you get and it'll grow from there," he added.
Instead, people who attended the Pig N' Swig received three tickets to vote for their three favorite cars. At the end of the day, the top three vote-getters received a first, second and third place trophy for Best in Show.
Overall, the day was aimed to be family-friendly and enjoyed by all.
"Having three different things, you're drawing in more people," Downs said. "Not everybody rides motorcycles, and not everybody's into cars, but they wanted to come and have a good time, a couple beers, and have pork and beef and chicken and bring the family."
During the first annual Classic Cruisers competition held at the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072, nearly 20 cars of different classes participated. The top three vote-getters, determined by attendees of the first annual Pig N' Swig, are as follows:
First place: Carl Okusky, 1951 Chevy half-ton pickup.
Second place: Dan White, 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
Third place: George Stefaniak, 1966 Pontiac LeMans.