End-of-Year Pig Roast Well Attended
For the 15th consecutive year, Col. and Mrs. Grigg Mullen have hosted an end-of-the-year pig roast at their farm in Rockbridge County. The special event usually takes place the afternoon of baccalaureate day. The pig pickin’ is held for all civil engineering majors, their dates and families and significant others, as well as prospective civil engineering majors.
This year, approximately 120 attended, and the department reserved vans to help carry the attendees (especially the 4th Class cadets) who did not have transportation back and forth to the event.
Colonel Peter Hoadley, his wife Jane, and their jam group provided entertainment for the day. Hoadley plays guitar and his wife Jane plays mandolin. Colonel Mullen’s wife, Cindy, is in charge of the event, and has her hands full cooking the fixings and making other preparations for such a large group.
The Mullens usually get the dressed pig from a local vendor, Mr. Francis Watts. They prepare two gallons of sauce, using their secret family recipe. Cindy’s uncle has a huge barbecue pit on wheels, which the Mullens bring down from Shenandoah County each year. Cooking begins very early, about 6 a.m., and the 200 or so pounds of charcoal has to be just the right temperature so that the pig cooks evenly.
Finally, the pig is done and with the expert skill of Lt. Col. Charles Bott and Col. Mullen, the carving begins.