Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff this Saturday


The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held Friday and Saturday, May 18-19 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.
In addition to barbecue festivities, two live bands will entertain. The Larry Gillis Band will perform bluegrass on Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Jake Bartley Band will perform from 11 a.m to 2:30 on Saturday.
Festival and cook-off 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. 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 from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday night featuring
Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Presentation of BBQ Championship Awards will be at 2:30 p.m.
Begining 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 competitiors are participating in the Championship Barbecue Cookoff:
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
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
Adventures in Smoke, Jason Doss
Gettin’ Piggy With It, Ray Stokes
After Midnight Smokin’ BBQ, Deb Garrett, Williamston
Firetower BBQ LLC, Jay Thom
Rise on Swine, Josh Roberts
Big Jim’s BBQ, Jim Cason
Swine To Wine BBQ, Rodney Kinard
The Saucy Pig, James Davila
Dozed & B’Qued, Jared Rikard