Pig in the Park BBQ Festival and Cookoff

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The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 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. Ashley Stokes will perform
On Saturday, activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m.
There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area and live entertainment featuring Karen Grant and Big Spike Hammer.
Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m.
Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.
Beginning at 10:45 am on Saturday, Williamston Masonic Lodge will be selling wrist bands for all-you-can-eat barbecue samples 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 competitors 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
The Smokin’ Grill, Kenneth Scales, Williamston
Bucky’s Bar-B-Q, Wayne Preston
Commando BBQ, Chad Carter
John’s All Smoked up BBQ, John Keener
MoDaddy’s BBQ, Morris (Mo) Gray
Pimp My Pig, Dean Price
Adventures in Smoke, Jason Doss
Nard’d Backyard BBQ,  Randall Knight
JT’s BBQ, JT Hardy
Getting” Piggy With It, Ray Stokes
Southern Embers BBQ, Tim Cooke
Wild Butts BBQ, Chris Stewart
Rockey’s All Sauced Up BBQ, Rockey Burgess
M&M BBQ, Charlie Emery
Dozed & B’Qued, Jared Rikard
Vendors include: Hinton’s BBQ & Catering, The Smokin’ Grill, Nut’’n But Butts BBQ and Catering.
Sponsors for this year’s event include:
All About Fabrics; Brady’s Screen Printing & Embroidery; Cox & Cole Attorney at Law; Foothills Gun & Pawn, LLC; Foothills Landscape Supply, LLC; Foster’s Meat; Old Time Body Shop; Saluda Quick Stop; Southern Touch Tree Service, Inc.; Town of Williamston; Waste Connections; Zefco, Inc.; WSPA; The Journal.
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.williamstonpignpark.com.