The 29th Annual Hillsborough Hog Day will take place on

Friday MAY 20 from 6 to 9 pm


Saturday, MAY 21, from 9 am to 6 pm

Why? because it's too danged hot in June!

We'll be back where it all began again - River Park - Behind the Courthouse.

No charge for admission!

No pets at Hog Day, please


Join us for the

Second Annual Hog Day Invitational

On Saturday, May 21, the top finishers from 2010 and 2009 will compete for

People's Choice.

In 2010, the winner of the First Ever

Rick Ashby State Farm Invitational was

Hillsborough Barbecue Company

Tommy Stann


Many thanks to the Eno River Farmers Market for sharing their space with us. Click here for more information about the Farmer's Market.
The market is open every Saturday from 8 am to Noon.


Hillsborough Hog Day 2010

Friday, May 20, 6 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, May 21, 9 am to 6 pm
Downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina

What is Hillsborough Hog Day?

A better question would be "What isn't Hillsborough Hog Day?"

Now celebrating its 29th Anniversary, Hillsborough Hog Day offers family fun, good food, live music, crafters, merchandise vendors, games and rides, and the area's largest classic auto show.

The festival starts on Friday night, when pig cooking teams from all over the state roll into town. For the next 12 hours, hams and pork shoulders roast on the cookers and tall tales are exchanged.

When day breaks on Saturday, Hog Day is already bustling with activity. While vendors, who sell everything from video games to handpainted stained glass, set up in the General Merchandise, Food, and Craft areas, you hear a persistent "thunk, thunk, thunk" and you know the pig is ready. The cooking teams chop all their cooked pig and sauce a portion for the Barbecue Tasting Judges. Led by Chief Judge David Hunt, the judges will compare notes and make their final decisions as to the top 5 barbecue cooking teams. Judges for 2010 included Ed Mitchell, the Pitmaster (Executive Chef at The Pit Restaurant in Raleigh), Joel Grodensky, Sales Manager, Rizzo Conference Center, and John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed, authors of regional food books. They are to be saluted for tasting 36 different barbecues at 8:30 am!

The rest is shuttled to the main tent, where it's made into sandwiches and pounds of the freshest barbecue in the state. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded for best barbecue (click here for an Application).

The Triangle Thunder Cruisers will present the area's largest car show, with a car show featuring hot-rods, street rods, classics and vintage automobiles from all over the area. Formed in July, 2007, the Triangle Thunder Cruisers were initially a group of men, small business owners, professionals and the working force mixed in age and race who got together and formed the Triangle Thunder Cruisers with the intent of being a positive impact to the Triangle cities' youth and civic community. Their message is a simple one and they offer young men the opportunity to tag along with them rather than roam the street in gangs. They encourage their members to each sponsor a youth headed in the wrong direction and bring him along to cruises, car shows and civic duties.

On the stage, the band is warming up for a day full of fine music. In the past, we've welcomed The Doc Branch Band, The Craig Woolard Band, Mighty Lester, Terry Anderson & the OAK Team, and American Idol Contestant Heather Cox! Past performers have included The Derek Trucks Band, The Two Dollar Pistols, Coastline Band, Stillhouse, Tres Chicas, Chatham County Line, Mike Cross General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board, and many other locally and nationally famous performers. Come early to get a good seat for the performers!

And the best part: admission to this festival is FREE! What an entertainment bargain!

Orange County's largest festival, with attendance of up to 35,000 people, is henceforth be held on the 3rd Saturday of May, so mark your calendars.

Hillsborough Hog Day is presented by the

For more information about the Chamber, click here, or call the Chamber at 919-732-8156



2011 Logo
by Josh McKelvey
Natural Serigraphics, Hillsborough, NC

2010 Cookoff Winners

1st Place

David Burch and Chip Lewis, Rougemont, NC

2nd Place

Jeff Whitney and Frank Volger, Clemmons, NC

3rd Place

Matt Mehok, Bull City BBQ, Durham, NC

4th Place

Clifton and Cydni Baldwin, Efland, NC

5th Place

Matthew and Jennifer Trieskey, Dickie-Do's BBQ, Mebane, NC