CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WEEK) – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the Illinois Pork Producers Association are partnering together for the inaugural Pork Chop and Pigskins State Championship where schools statewide compete for the title of the best concession stand pork chop sandwich.
Trace Henry, IHSA Assistant Executive Director, says the tournament shines a light on those who stand behind the grill.
“We know how important they are to helping your school thrive, especially on Friday nights,” she said. “So, it’s giving them some recognition for all they do throughout the football season to make and serve those pork chop sandwiches with a lot of pride.”
Seventy-nine schools are entered in the competition. The schools are divided in to four regions for the competition. The competition features a mix of online voting and in-person judging. Online voting open Monday and will stay open until 8 a.m. Friday, October 8, before the field is narrowed down to the “Savory Sixteen.”
The winner gets $500 reimbursement on their pork purchase for next season, a state championship banner and the Golden Spatula. The champion will be revealed during halftime of the 6A State Championship game on November 27.
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