Pig in the Park BBQ Festival and Cookoff starts Friday

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The annual Pig in the Park Barbecue Festival and Cookoff will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.
Activities will begin on Friday at 12 noon until 9 p.m.. There will be barbecue and food sales, craft vendors, a children’s play area. On Saturday, activities begin at 10 a.m.  and go until 6 p.m.. There will be food sales, craft/sales vendors, children’s play area and live entertainment with the Jake Bartley Band from 12-2. Judging of BBQ begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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.
This is a Charity Event. Net Proceeds of this Festival will be donated to: Christian Learning Center, Operation Care and Williamston Masonic Lodge.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment, food and good family fun!!!
Barbecue Cookoff competitors include:
The Saucy Pig, James Davila, Greenville SC
Adventures in Smoke, Jason Doss, Williamston SC
Bucky’s Bar-B-Q, Wayne Preston, Greenville SC
Piggy Fins BBQ, Jeremy Smith, Fountain Inn SC
John’s All Smoked up BBQ, John Keener, Boiling Springs SC
Swig-n-Pig, Andrew Massey, Williamston SC
High on the Hog BBQ, Matt Talbot, Anderson SC
Bold Branch Bar-B-Q Boys, Joe Hilliard, Anderson SC
The Hog Mafia, Morris (MO), Easley SC
The Smokin’ Grill, Kenneth Scales, Williamston SC
Brew N Q, Travis McCurley, Anderson SC
In the Army Que, Tony Sadler, Charlotte NC
Getttin’ Piggy With It, Ray Stokes, Taylors SCVendors include: Hinton’s BBQ & Catering, Simpsonville
NEELY’Q BBQ, Pelzer; The Smokin’ Grill, Williamston; T & D Concessions, Williamston; Fireside Creations, Laurens; Mitchells Concessions, Belton; E320 Chiropractic; Smokin’ Bandit BBQ, Piedmont; Nuttin’ Finer, LLC, Piedmont and Whitefield Baptist Church.