Large crowd cheers for Pigs-n-Heat

A few thousand people cheered on Marquette County Police Officers and Firefighters Wednesday night at the 30th annual Pigs-n-Heat hockey game.

Twelve total police and fire departments were represented in a charity hockey game.  Money raised from the game benefited the fire relief fund.  The fire relief fund helps families displaced by fires.  It puts families in a hotel for a few days and gives them some money to aid in rebuilding their lives.

The game has a family-friendly atmosphere, with T-shirts, food and raffle tickets.  There was even a clown to entertain children.

Pigs-n-Heat President Brian Olson said that for the past thirty years, the main goal of the hockey game is to keep the family-friendly theme around.  He said that with a one dollar admission, it helps bring in more families and keeps crowds returning year after year.

There was also some friendly competition between both teams.  Olson said anytime you get two teams on the ice, everyone wants to win.  The scoring is usually high, and that adds to the enjoyment of the event.

The game usually raises around $15,000 to $20,000 for the fund.