CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WEEK) – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the Illinois Pork Producers Association team up for the first State Pork Chop and Pigskins Championship where state schools compete for the title of best sandwich with pork chops.
Trace Henry, IHSA deputy executive director, says the tournament shines a light on those standing behind the grill.
“We know how important they are in helping your school thrive, especially on Friday nights,” she said. “So that gives them some recognition for everything they are doing throughout the football season to prepare and serve these pork chop sandwiches with a lot of pride.”
Seventy-nine schools are entered in the competition. The schools are divided into four regions for the competition. The contest features a mix of online voting and in-person judging. Online voting is open on Monday and will remain open until 8 am on Friday October 8, before the field is reduced to “Savory Sixteen”.
The winner gets a refund of $ 500 on their purchase of pork for the next season, a state championship banner and the golden spatula. The champion will be revealed at halftime of the 6A State Championship game on November 27.