Oklahoma Pork Council’s Pork Chop Shop Still a Fair Food Favorite and Effective Advocacy ToolMon, 10 Sep 2018 11:22:57 CDT
Since the 1980s, people have looked forward each September to attend the Oklahoma State Fair and one of their favorite fair foods to treat themselves to is the smoked pork chop sandwich found at the Oklahoma Pork Council’s Pork Chop Shop. Located just under the fairground’s iconic Space Needle on Fourteen Flags Plaza, the Pork Chop Shop was the brainchild of former OPC Executive Director Dutch Miller who came up with the idea to generate some auxiliary revenue for the organization’s operations throughout the year.
The original sandwich offered was a bone-in pork chop but are now made to order cut from a whole smoke pork tenderloin. Throughout the years, additional menu items have been added like the popular pork burger and the pulled pork sandwich. However, those two products combined have yet to achieve the same popularity that the pork chop sandwich has which remains as the shop’s No. 1 seller.
According to the organization’s current Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey, who spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays recently, the profits generated by the Pork Chop Shop go to fund the OPC’s advocacy and public policy efforts.
“We just finished with elections and you’re looking at as many as 80 members of the legislature that are going to be in their third or fewer years of experience,” Lindsey said. “So, our need of being there and telling our story, talking about what we do on our farms, how we raise animals, how we produce a safe and wholesome product- that need is just growing exponentially year after year. So, the dollars we raise here go to help us in those kinds of programs.”
Lindsey says the Pork Chop Shop itself is a great advocacy tool that gets Oklahoma’s pork industry out in front of the people. He says it is the perfect opportunity to interact with consumers about where their food comes from and how it is produced. He encourages fair attendees to stop by, enjoy a pork sandwich and to feel free to ask any questions about the industry they might have. By doing so, he says you will also be taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to support the OPC’s efforts to educate policy leaders at the State Capital in this way as well.
“This is your one chance in the fall to really find these pork chop sandwiches, these burgers and these pulled pork sandwiches here at the State Fair,” he said. “In the spring, we’ll be back out at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and we’ll have our sandwiches there, too. But, other than that, that’s the only two times that we set up and sell these sandwiches like this throughout the year.”
The Oklahoma State Fair opens September 13th and will run through the 23rd this year. Lindsey says the Pork Chop Shop will be open all day, every day and invites everyone to stop by for one of the fair’s tastiest and most healthy food favorites.
Listen to Lindsey’s complete conversation about the OPC’s Pork Chop Shop and how it helps the organization’s cause at the Capital, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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