Jiggy with the Piggy coming to Kannapolis

  • Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:30 a.m.

More than 60 cook teams from across the country are coming to Kannapolis May 10-11 to compete in the inaugural Jiggy with the Piggy Barbecue Challenge.

“We are thrilled to have more than double the average number of competition teams for a first-time event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Teams consist of professional pitmasters and backyard grillers representing five states. More than 80 professional KCBS judges from eight states are coming to Kannapolis judge for us,” said Deputy City Manager and event organizer Eddie Smith.

Teams check in all day Friday, firing up the grills for a People’s Choice Wing Tasting on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and People’s Choice Pork Tasting on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both tastings will be held at the Old Cabarrus Bank Building, 201 West Ave. while supplies last. Spectators can watch teams prepare their entries throughout the day on Saturday. The competition winds up with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Kannapolis Train Station, 201 S. Main St.

The Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series kicks off on Friday night with North Carolina country music artist Parmalee on stage downtown at 8:30 p.m. Also on stage Friday, Cooperative Christian Ministries sponsors the Festival of the Arts at 5 p.m. and local artist Olivia Albertson opens for Parmalee at 7 p.m. The evening concludes with fireworks following Parmalee’s performance. Food vendors and a beer garden will be open throughout the show.

Jiggy with the Piggy makes its debut as part of a weekend of family fun in Kannapolis. On Saturday, the N.C. Music Hall of Fame is hosting the 2nd Annual Rhythm & Run 5K beginning at 9 a.m. The 34th Annual Village Fest, sponsored by the Cabarrus Events Association, offers food & craft vendors, a kid’s zone, car show and more throughout the weekend. Bands perform all day Saturday downtown, with Southern Pride Band performing at 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Dale Earnhardt Plaza. On the Village Center Stage on West Avenue, the concert line-up includes Southern Experience at 1 p.m.; Nantucket at 3:30 p.m. and TOO MUCH SYLVIA from 7 to 10 p.m. The Kannapolis YMCA, 101 YMCA Drive, hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.

Amtrak celebrates National Train Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Kannapolis Train Station, 201 S. Main St. The N.C. Transportation Museum, Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Dept. and Carolina Association of Railway Passengers will be on hand. Kids can enjoy face painting, cake, Wacky-Doo the Clown and storytelling by the Kannapolis Library.

The city of Kannapolis would like to thank Jiggy With the Piggy sponsors Coca-Cola, Hilbish Ford, Carolinas Medical Center-NE, WSOC 103.7 and Downtown Kannapolis Inc. Jiggy with the Piggy event supporters include the Kannapolis Rotary and Kannapolis YMCA.

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