Barbecue Festival and Cookoff this weekend

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Williamston’s first big event of the season, the Pig in the Park Barbecue Cookoff and Festival will be held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park this weekend.

Sponsored by the Williamton Masonic Lodge, the two day event will feature 24 cooking teams from all over SC and one from NC who will be set up and cooking their barbecue specialties in the park.

Surrounding the festivities of the cookoff competition, there will be craft and business vendors, a farmers market, live entertainment and food including all-you-can-eat barbecue tasting.

Activities will begin Friday at noon and continue on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with barbecue judging, awards and other activities.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, festival goers can purchase wrist bands for $10 for All-You-Can-Eat samples of competitors’ barbecue. Presentation of the Barbecue Cookoff Championship awards will be at 1 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by The Out of Towners Band. Visitors are invited to “Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment, food and good family fun,” a spokesperson said.

Barbecue Cookoff participants include:

Smokin’ Stacks, Jeff Smith, Aiken;

County Line Que, Tim Cooke, Greer

The Smokin’ Grill, Kenneth Scales, Williamston

Ledyard Bar B Que Company, Cheyenne Ledyard, Summerville

R & R BBQ, Ronnie Neely, Pelzer

Fatboys Barbeque LLC, Rick Wynn, Greenville

Bates Lodge Cooking Team, Andy Fletcher, Easley

Bobby’s Backyard Bar-B-Que, Robert C. Wittko, Ash

Huckleberry BBQ, Gary Hatchell, Piedmont

Swig-n-Pig, Andrew Massey, Williamston

On the Spot BBQ, Ronnie Bishop, Greenwood

The Trough Boys, Bryan Lewis, Mauldin

HAWG KOOKIN, Ronnie Bradberry, Pelzer

Country Life Cookin, Joel Hammonds, Williamston

Southern Smoke, Martin Cox, Williamston

Get Your Swine On, Brian Simmons, Anderson

Blind Swine BBQ, Mike Sanders, Greenwood

Big GQ, Garland Hudgins, Columbia

Charcoholics, Michael Gravely, Williamston

St. Louis Pit-Que, Morgan Loch, Moore

Palmetto Smokehouse, Michael Harmon, Beaufort

Backwoods Bar-B-Que, Gene A. Culbertson II, Trenton

Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ, Chris Fulmer, Aiken

Berry Patch BBQ, Branden Turner, Newberry

This is the third year for the event. Additional information can be found on their web site at williamstonpiginpark.com.