Newport ready to pig out at annual cooking contest

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

This year’s event is dedicated to long-time mayor Derryl Garner, who is one of the founders of the event. He retired from his mayoral duties last year after 36 years of service with the town.

“He’s been there all 36 years of the pig cooking,” Bristle said.

After a long, cold winter, Bristle said they are looking forward to celebrating spring.

Newport resident Charlie Meeks has been cooking in the event since around 1989 and he and other family members will be returning again this year.

He won in 2007 and took second in 2013. He’s out for first this year but knows it could be any of them. No matter how tasty the meat or crispy the skin, there’s one ingredient out of their hands.

“You got to have a little luck,” Meeks said.

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