HOG DAY DATE CHANGE
The 29th Annual
Hillsborough Hog Day will take place on
20 from 6 to 9 pm
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,
Join us for the
Annual Hog Day Invitational
On Saturday, May 21, the top finishers
from 2010 and 2009 will compete for
In 2010, the winner of the First
Rick Ashby State Farm Invitational
Hillsborough Barbecue Company
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.
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
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
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).
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.
Hog Day is presented by the
For more information about the Chamber, click here, or call the Chamber at 919-732-8156
by Josh McKelvey
Natural Serigraphics, Hillsborough, NC
2010 Cookoff Winners
David Burch and Chip Lewis, Rougemont, NC
Jeff Whitney and Frank Volger, Clemmons, NC
Matt Mehok, Bull City BBQ, Durham, NC
Clifton and Cydni Baldwin, Efland, NC
Matthew and Jennifer Trieskey, Dickie-Do's BBQ,