by: Michael Knox, Independent Tribune
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — More than 75 teams are registered to compete in this year’s Jiggy with the Piggy barbecue competition, which kicks off Friday with teams cooking on the lawn of the North Carolina Research Campus.
The competition runs Friday and Saturday and will include a festival with a wide range of activitiesm from live music to a free screening of the Disney movie “Cars” and about 100 arts and crafts vendors setting up on West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis.
Eddie Smith, one of the event organizers, said the festival drew more than 8,000 people last year, even though it rained during the festival. The year before, Jiggy with the Piggy drew about 10,000 people, he said.
This will be the third year of the Jiggy with the Piggy barbecue competition, which is part of an overall festival occurring May 8 and May 9. The festival portion has been going on for more than 30 years under various names, including Cottonstock, Spring Fest and Village Fest. This year the festival and all of the activities occurring over the weekend will be a part of Jiggy with the Piggy.
Jiggy with the Piggy is a barbecue competition, and teams will not be selling their product directly to patrons but cooking the food for judges. But visitors will be able to sample some of the teams’ barbecue thanks to the Peoples’ Choice Awards.
There will be 250 tickets available for the People’s Choice Awards wings competition, which will be set up in a tent near the competition. Tickets are $10 for 10 wings with the competition running from 7-9 p.m. Friday while supplies last, with funds benefiting the Cannon Memorial YMCA.
Then on Saturday, there will be 250 tickets available for the People’s Choice Awards pork competition, which will also be set up in a tent near the competition. Tickets are $10 for 10 ounces, or more than a half pound of barbecue, while supplies last. The fundraiser benefits the Kannapolis Rotary Club.
More than 35 teams are registered for the People’s Choice Awards.
The Kannapolis Fire Department and Odell Volunteer Fire Department will also be selling their own brand of barbecue during Jiggy with the Piggy for patrons who come out for the live music and other entertainment.
“It’s a great festival for the community that provides them a tremendous amount of entertainment options, from concerts to kid zones to the People’s Choice pork and wings awards, with a classic car display,” Smith said. “It’s a wonderful weekend of fun, family time in downtown Kannapolis.”
Here is a rundown of some of festival activities:
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Live music by Darrell Harwood on the West Avenue Stage
8:30 p.m. – A free screening of Disney’s “Cars” movie on the North Carolina Research Campus law with the movie sponsored by the 600 Festival.
All entertainment will be set up on the West Avenue Stage
Noon to 2:15 p.m. The Entertainers
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mister Pleaze
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Fantastic Shakers
There will also be a classic car display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kannapolis.
Plus, there will be the Jiggy with the Piggy 5K on Saturday morning. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Visit www.queencitytiming.com/ to register in advance. Registration on race day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The start/finish line for the race will be by the North Carolina Research Campus’ Core Lab.
Partners in the weekend events include: Cabarrus Events Association, City of Kannapolis, Downtown Kannapolis Inc., Kannapolis Rotary Club, Kannapolis YMCA and the 600 Festival committee.
Visit http://www.jiggywiththepiggy.com/ for more information.
Contact reporter Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.
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