The place to be on the second Saturday in April is at the Pig Cookin’ Contest at Spencer Penn Centre! For the 6thAnnual Pig Cookin’ Contest, an even larger crowd is expected, topping the 1,400-1,700 in previous years, from all over Virginia and North Carolina.
The Pig Cookin’ Contest is the only BBQ competition in the area that is sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council. The winners will use their points to qualify for the annual Whole Hog Barbecue Championship.
Cookers will receive their pigs at 9:00pm Friday night after being recognized at Music Night and then the secret work begins. Each competitor has his or her own secret spices and method of cooking but all using gas heat. After cooking all night, hopefully without any catching fire, the pigs and area are prettied up and waiting for the judges to arrive at 9:00am.