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All You Need To Know About the Jiggy With The Piggy Festival This Weekend

May 03, 2016 06:13PM ● By Melanie Heisinger


The smells and sights of over 80 barbeque competition teams – there is nothing better and it is coming soon! We are excited to announce Smithfield will be the presenting sponsor of this year’s The Jiggy With the Piggy BBQ Competition and Festival. The event returns to downtown Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus on May 6 & 7. Once again BBQ teams from around the U.S. will compete in this premier event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

This year there will be more entertainment, carnival rides for children, more arts and crafts vendors, fireworks and of course, lots of BBQ to eat.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, May 3 - Jiggy With the Piggy 5k ( New this year – we’ve moved the date to a Tuesday evening and if you dress in your best piggy outfit you can qualify for prizes and of course, everyone gets a cool Jiggy medal.

Friday, May 6

8 am-5 pm: BBQ Competition Teams Arrive

5 pm: Festival Opens - Food, Arts & Crafts, Carnival Rides

7 pm: People’s Choice Wings Begins (While Supplies Last) $10 for 10 samples

Concert: Emily Minor

8 pm: Movies on the Campus: Family Movie Night – Cars 2 - Presented by 600 Festival Association

8:15 pm: Concert – Darrell Harwood

9 pm: People’s Choice Ends

9:45 pm: Fireworks

Saturday, May 7

7 am: YMCA All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast ($5 at Kannapolis YMCA)

9 am: Festival Opens

Food, Arts & Crafts, Carnival Rides

10 am-2 pm: Kids Zone Activities

11 am – 5 p.m. Family Movie – Cars 2 - Presented by 600 Festival Association

12 Noon: People’s Choice Pork Challenge Begins (While Supplies Last) $10 for 10 samples

Concert: Fantastic Shakers

12 Noon-1:30 pm: BBQ Competition Judging

2 pm: People’s Choice Pork Challenge Ends

3-5 pm: Concert: Coconut Groove Band

5 pm: BBQ Awards Ceremony (Laureate Center)

Check out the Jiggy with Piggy Facebook page and for more information.

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