By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – The 10th annual Hog Run to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Paulding County Fairgrounds.

In addition, a free community hog roast meal will be served from 11 a.m.-noon at the OSU Extension Building. All are welcome to the hog roast. Free-will donations will be accepted.

Fun activities for the kids will be available.

The 5K run/walk is the largest fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Paulding County. Organizers hope to raise at least $12,000 this year.

About 150 people participated in the Hog Run and walk last year.

Awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group, as well as medals to all who finish the course. The first-place winner will receive a $100 gift card.

The 5K run and two-mile fun walk will step off at 10:30 a.m. at the Paulding County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at the Extension Building at 9 a.m. and will close at 10:15 a.m.

Those who register early, before Sept. 13, can save on entry fees.

For the 5K run, the cost is $20 for adults who register before Sept. 13, and $25 for those who register between Sept. 13 and race day.

Kids 12 and younger have the option of registering for $7 with no T-shirt or $12 with T-shirt.

For those adults planning to participate in the fun walk, the cost is $15 for early registration, and $20 for those registering Sept. 13 through race day. For young people, the fee is the same as the 5K.

There is a third option for families who plan to run or walk. A family of four or more can register early for a $40 flat fee. After Sept. 13, the family fee is $50.

The family friendly event is open to all and those with small children in strollers, pets and wheelchairs are all encouraged to participate.

Registration can be done on the day of the event or online at Eventbrite.com or habitatpauldingcounty.org.

Those who would like to can mail in their registration, along with a check, to Habitat for Humanity of Paulding County, c/o Habitat Hog Run, P.O. Box 328, Paulding, OH 45879.

Local residents are encouraged to come out and support Habitat for Humanity. The group hopes to start construction on a new house in 2019. Funding is needed before a project can begin.

Habitat also is developing a new program to do home repairs for qualifying homeowners. Details will be announced at a later date.