Butcherin’ Day

***Warning!  Today’s blog entry is a little bloody.  If you are a little squeamish, you may want to skip this one.

I did not have the time to research a story from the past today because it was Butcherin’ Day.  Each year about this time, some of my family and friends get together to cut up some hogs to fill our freezers.  It really is a tradition that goes way back.

There were several farming activities that were better done collectively, especially in the era before the entry of big farm machinery.  Members of several families, often neighbors, would gather to get a job accomplished by pitching in to help one another get a big task done.  Threshing was one of those tasks.  Here is a photo from the Leo Roth family showing that activity.


Today’s Butcherin’ Day is a throwback to those days.  I am aware of many folks in this area who still gather at this time of the year to go about the task of filling their freezers with meat.  And around here, the usual sacrificial animal of choice is the hog.

Here are some photos I managed to sneak from the Schlimpert Butcherin’ today.  The guys (and a few gals) didn’t look too thrilled at me snapping a few photos, so I’m not sure I’ll be invited back again.  You can click to enlarge the photos.

When the day is over, it’s time to celebrate a job well done.  Here’s a photo that shows how that is usually done in Perry County.


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