Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival & Cookoff this weekend

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The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Activities will begin on Friday at 12 noon and go until 9 p.m. There will be barbecue and food sales, craft vendors and a children’s play area. Entertainment by Karen Grant and Big Spike Hammer.

On Saturday, activities begin at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area. entertainment featuring The Smiling Ducks. Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.

At 10:45 am on Saturday, Williamston Masonic Lodge will be selling wrist bands to sample all-you-can-eat barbecue for $10. Beginning at 11 am, the wrist band will allow you to get a two ounce sample of barbecue from each competitor at their location and will continue as long as barbecue lasts. No samples will be given out without a wrist band.

The following competitiors are participating in the Championship Barbecue Cookoff:

Palmetto Smoke BB, Kevin B Gleen, Simpsonville;

Swig-n-Pig, Andrew Massey, Williamston

Piggy Fins BBQ, Jeremy Smith, Fountain Inn

Bold Branch Bar-B-Q Boys, Joe Hilliard, Anderson

High on the Hog BBQ, Matt Talbot, Belton

Blind Swine BBQ, Mike Sanders, Greenwood

In the Army Que, Tony Sadler, Charlotte NC

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

The Smokin’ Grill, Kenneth Scales, Williamston

On the Spot BBQ, Ronnie Bishop, Greenwood

Boar’s Nest BBQ, Doug Mills

Blind Swine BBQ, Mike Sanders

Country Line Que, Tim Cooke

S’LowCountry Q, Quentin Teddler

High on the Hog BBQ, Matt Talbot

Backwards Bar-B-Que, Gene A. Culbertson II

Sponsors for this year’s event include:

All About Fabrics; Brady’s Screen Printing & Embroidery; Cox & Cole Attorney at Law ; Fairway Outdoor Funding, LLC, Foothills Gun & Pawn, LLC; Foothills Landscape Supply, LLC; Foster’s Meat; In Memory of Harold “Bob Cat” Allen; Old Time Body Shop; Saluda Quick Stop; Southern Touch Tree Service, Inc.; Town of Williamston; Waste Connections; Zefco, Inc.

Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cook-Off is a charity event with net proceeds going to Christian Learning Center, Operation Care and Williamston Masonic Lodge No 24.

Visitors are invited to “Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment, food and good family fun,” a spokesperson said.

More information can be found on their web site at www.williamstonpiginpark.com