Newport Pig Cooking Contest is today and tomorrow

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

“We keep just what we need and all the rest goes back to the community,” Bristle said.

For Scout Troop 61 in Newport, that support is much appreciated and can mean anything from funds for camping equipment or gas money for travel on outings.

“It helps us out tremendously and helps everybody out,” Scoutmaster James Mullins said.

He said the local scouts help out during the event, with cub scouts helping wash pots and pans, and boy scouts helping with parking and traffic flow.

“We help them out and, in turn, they help us,” Mullins said.

Along the way, Newport Pig Cooking has evolved into the largest whole hog barbecue pig cooking contest in the United States.

Bristle said 78 cooks are expected to compete this weekend from across North Carolina, from Virginia and as far away as New York.

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