Featured Festival | Hog Day
This year’s theme is “Bringing home the BACON”!
Prepare yourself for some of the best BBQ around as Orange County’s largest and longest running festival begins its 35th year. Sure, there have been a few changes over the years; different themes, different locations, but it’s always been about volunteers and community. And of course the BBQ!
An event that began as a small community gathering back in 1983 has turned into a nationally recognized festival that brings thousands of locals & visitors to downtown Hillsborough. Event goers relax on their blankets or chairs and listen to live entertainment while the kids are jumping and laughing in the bounce houses or having their faces painted with masks and fun characters. Others wander around the vendor tents filled with locally handcrafted gifts from juried artists.
Beginning Friday night, teams of BBQ grill master’s fire up their smokers for a night of comradery and hopes of winning 1st place in the BBQ Cook-off competition the next day.
Festival goers can expect to hear a variety of music; over 10 bands will perform Beach music, Bluegrass, Country, and Rock – just about any genre’ will be represented. Some recent additions to the festival include the Hog Day 5k, Pigs on Parade art project, and a dessert contest. In addition and back by popular demand is the Antique Car Show and gem mining.
100% of the profits from BBQ sales, Pigs on Parade purchases/rentals and sponsorships will benefit the Orange County Optimist Club and various children’s programs throughout the area.
If you go:Friday, September 15, 2017 (6:00pm - 10:00pm) Saturday, September 16, 2017 (10:00am - 6:00pm) River Park, 144 East Margaret Lane, Downtown Hillsborough
Rain or Shine | Free Admission