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Newport Pig Cooking Contest

Newport Pig Cooking Contest

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Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 08:40 AM.

The benefits of the Newport Pig Cooking contest last well beyond the thousands of plates of barbecue that will be served up to the community this weekend.

The event began 35 years ago as a fundraiser for the former Newport Developmental Center and has remained steadfast in its mission of helping others.

Nonprofit groups are invited to apply for funding from the event, which has to-date given about $800,000 to community organizations.

Newport Pig Cooking President Jim Bristle said the organizations have been many and represent a wide a range of programs, projects and activities, from scouts and school band programs to youth sports, meal delivery for the homebound and hospice care.

This year, 25 organizations will benefit.

“We try to help as many people as we can,” Bristle said.

Newport Pig Cooking, an all-volunteer organization that puts on the event, keeps enough to run the event and gives the rest back to the community.

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