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Jiggy With the Piggy set for May 2-5 in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS — The annual Jiggy With the Piggy festival returns May 2-5 in downtown Kannapolis, with bigger and better plans.

This year, the festival will host 60 barbecue teams in a competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Teams from across the U.S. will cook for thousands of dollars at North Carolina Research Campus.

Joe Nichols

The signature concert Friday night will feature country music great Joe Nichols, a multiplatinum recording artist who has six No. 1 hits and eight top 10 singles to his name. Nichols has been nominated four times for a Grammy and is the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalis” award, the CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year award and the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association.

Performing Saturday will be Chase Bryant, a 26-year-old country artist raised in the small town of Orange Grove, Texas. Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet.

The festival also will have more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, additional concerts, a 5K walk/run, fireworks, and a people’s choice wings and pork tasting. The Kannapolis Firefighters Association will sell barbecue as well.

Activities for children include Zucchini 600, in which children can build a race car out of zucchini and race for prizes. Movies on campus will return with “Wreck-It Ralph 2.”

The festival and concerts are free. No pets are allowed.

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