Newport Pig Cooking Contest is today and tomorrow

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

They’ll fire up their grills Friday night and cook overnight in preparation for judging on Saturday morning.

After two rounds of judging — 8 a.m. for group A and 10 a.m. for group B — all the barbecue is cut and ready for the serving of barbecue plates beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Plates cost $7.

Anywhere from 7,000 to 8,000 plates are typically sold during the day, and the event draws an average crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 people to Newport Town Park each year.

The family event includes a lineup of live music, arts and crafts vendors, rides and bake sales and funnel cakes.

Volunteers with Hospice of Carteret County will be back working in the serving line, dishing out barbecue for a day in appreciation for the funding the event provides them throughout the year.

“It certainly has helped us,” said Patricia Wilder, volunteer coordinator and bereavement counselor with the agency.

Wilder said any proceeds they receive from the pig cooking go to the Carteret General Hospital Foundation and are earmarked for the nonprofit hospice agency. 



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