Newport ready to pig out at annual cooking contest

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 05:00 PM.

Opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. Friday, with rides and crafts opening at 6:30 p.m. and a performance by the Fantastic Shakers from 7 to 10 p.m.

The meeting of chief cooks is at 7 p.m. and the pigs are delivered to each team after the meeting. Cooking continues throughout the night, and the highlight of the cook-off is the judging Saturday morning. Entertainment continues throughout the day Saturday.

Once the judging is complete, the barbecue is chopped and readied to be served to the public.

Serving lines open at 11 a.m. and barbecue plates sell for $7.

More than 6,000 plates were sold last year, and all proceeds from the event go back into the community through grants to various nonprofit organizations.

“All the money stays in our community, and it means a lot to be a part of that,” Garner said.

To date, the Newport Pig Cooking has raised more than $800,000 for community groups.

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