Whole-hog barbecue courtesy of North Carolina lawyers dedicated to preserving the particular flavor of the process native to the eastern region of their state.


Whole-hog barbecue courtesy of North Carolina lawyers dedicated to preserving the particular flavor of the process native to the eastern region of their state.
First-rate fireworks display. Opening of the 1937 time capsule discovered recently in the corner of the now-demolished high school auditorium. Local and imported entertainment.
Add it all up and it equals a Fourth of July celebration at Greensburg’s Davis Park that may well rival anything offered elsewhere in the state that night.
It all started with the barbecue. The “Pigmasters,” is a group of lawyers and other Greensboro, North Carolina professionals that have preserved their state’s historical legacy of slow-roasting whole hogs over pits of live hickory coals.
Having cooked their way across the nation, including a trip to the Gulf Coast the weekend after Hurricane Katrina hit to cook for 1,200 National Guardsmen assisting with recovery efforts, the idea to do something similar in Greensburg came to Pigmasters co-founders Kevin Morse and Greg Brooks as they watched scenes of the tornado-stricken town on television.
“Our idea has really gained momentum in Greensboro,” Morse said. “As soon as people hear about it, they want to help.”
Criminal attorney Davis North, another Pigmaster, said recently, “It’ll take at least a dozen pigs to feed a thousand people and that will take some donations. We’ll haul the pigs and the hickory wood we need for the barbecue by trailer the weekend before the Fourth to set up a large cooker and get the party organized. We don’t want to leave anyone hungry.”
The Pigmasters effort eventually linked with Wichita restaurant owner Larry Burke, a native of Greensburg, class of ’66. Burke said North Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce President put a call into Governor Kathleen Sebelius’s secretary, asking for a local contact to Greensburg, which Burke eventually became.
Burke has been working tirelessly the past several weeks in an effort to organize the fireworks display, having raised over $3,000 already in his eating establishment through a donations jar, while reporting Greensburg’s Don Richards had told him of another $1,200 the local Lions Club could put toward the effort.
“I know a fireworks distributor who said he’d sell me some good stuff at cost,” Burke said. “It should be quite a night.
“I know for sure I’ll be there, and will probably even close my restaurant for two or three days to get there early. My employees can have a short vacation.”
According to Greensburg’s Matt Deighton, the barbecue will likely get underway around 6 p.m., with opening of the time capsule scheduled for 7.
“I know of at least two and maybe three class of ’37 folks who will be there for that,” Deighton said. One of those Depression-era grads is Ruth West, mother of Kiowa County Commissioner Gene West.
Blues guitarist Kirby Kelly, who appeared in Greensburg’s Twilight Theatre last December will be on hand for a 70-minute set scheduled to start after the time capsule opening. Local guitarist Troy Kirby is also scheduled to play later with a cameo appearance by Freddie Fox, formerly of Freddie Fox and the Hot Rods, a sixties band out of Ellinwood.
“This could end up to be one of the nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebrations, for some people who need some happiness and our country’s support the most,” North said.