Hog Fest: Where barbecue is king

From staff reports

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Fun will be the order of the day this weekend when the annual Hog Fest takes place at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Edenton.

Presented by Smithfield and endorsed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the events get under way Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon.

Cook teams and judges will be coming from as far away as Florida, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. “We have 34 teams signed up to participate this year,” said organizer Roy Murray.

The Hog Fest will be open to the public from 4-10 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Cornhole boards will be set up for play and the Anything Butt Contest that features desserts will get under way. There will be a DJ playing music and barbecue plates for sale.

Saturday will feature a full day of events from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. including a craft show, a car show and children’s games.

“Kids who plan to participate in the tug of war should bring a change of clothes as there will be a water pit that will be muddy,” said E.C. Toppin, contact person for the event. Toppin serves as local post adjutant for the American Legion.

KCBS competition judging begins at 11:30 a.m. Live music will be headlined by Out in the Cold starting at 3 p.m.

Sundays events are scheduled to include a motorcycle show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Gospel music show from noon until 4 p.m.

KCBS judging begins at noon with awards being presented at 4 p.m. People’s Choice judging starts at 2 p.m. Tickets for those wishing to participate as judges in the People’s Choice event will be available starting at 9 a.m. Sunday morning for $10 each; those wishing to participate must be in line and ready to take part in the taste testing at 2 p.m.

Entry fee for Hog Fest is $3 or two non-perishable food items that can be 
donated to the food pantry, however, starting on Saturday at 3 p.m. the admission cost will rise to $5 or two non-perishable food items that can be donated to the food pantry.

Vendors will be selling barbecue by the plate, sandwich or the pound all during the weekend.

For more information on Hog Fest events, visit www.hogfestedenton.com.