Make plans in November for the Big Pig Jig of Vienna, Georgia
BBQ lovers take note — the famous Big Pig Jig of Vienna, Georgia is scheduled to take place this year from NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017 RAIN OR SHINE!
“Often imitated but not yet duplicated, BIG PIG JIG of Vienna, Georgia remains the southeast’s largest and Georgia’s oldest OFFICIAL barbecue cooking contest.”
The director of the event, Rhonda Lamb-Heath tells of the history of the event on the website for the Big Pig Jig of Vienna, Georgia >>
“BIG PIG JIG® was born in Vienna, Georgia when a group of self-professed gourmets made wagers on who among them could cook the most succulent pig! That year, 1982, those creative people recommended combining a barbecue cooking competition with an established and well-attended arts and crafts fair and the county’s livestock association annual hog show. The merging of events has grown into a festival named twice by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in America, three times acclaimed as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and recognized by Southeast Festivals and Events Association and International Festivals and Events Association with more than twenty five awards, including Best Georgia Festival.
BIG PIG JIG of Vienna, Georgia was listed by ‘Travel Agent’ magazine as one of America’s Top 500 Festivals, touted by Tom Clynes, author of WILD PLANET! as one of the world’s 1,001 Most Extraordinary Events. The contest has also been named to the Discovery Travel Channel’s top ten list of “World’s Best Barbecue Contests” for the past four years. The festival was featured on the Food Network’s “All – American Festivals” plus a one-hour special entitled “The BIG PIG JIG”. In March of 2004 the festival was awarded the Spirit of Barbecue award from the National Barbecue News proclaiming BIG PIG JIG Event of the Year. Most recently the BIG PIG JIG of Vienna, Georgia was listed in the New York Times best seller.”
In her article, “1001 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE”, Patricia Shultz says, “Often imitated but not yet duplicated, BIG PIG JIG of Vienna, Georgia remains the southeast’s largest and Georgia’s oldest and OFFICIAL barbecue cooking contest.” In fact, [former] Governor Sonny Perdue once served as a judge for the contest. And State Senator George Hooks participated in the not-to-be-missed Miss Jiggy Piggy Contest. Myron Mixon, Chief Cook with Jack’s Old South is a three time World Champion and has won the BIG PIG JIG multiple times in its 30 year history!
Twenty-nine years after the idea took shape, the 2016 contest drew 120 teams cooking over 400 entries of hogs, shoulders, ribs, plus kettles of Brunswick stew, barbecue sauce, and barbecued chicken. The event attracted over 10,000 spectators and required more than 300 judges, 300 volunteers, plus countless pounds of pork. In 2010 the Dooly County Chamber of Commerce awarded more than $16,100 in cash, championship entry fees and trophies to BIG PIG JIG’s top cooks and accommodated huge crowds of festival fun-seekers at the facility now known as BBQ CITY, U.S.A.
The success of the BIG PIG JIG of Vienna, Georgia festival was demonstrated back in 1991 when prize money was increased from $1,000 to $10,000. The festival now has expanded activities to include a parade, sidewalk art contest, crafts and collectibles, Quiz Fest academic scholarship competition, a scholarship golf tournament, local, regional, and national entertainment, plus the ‘Taste of the Jig’ barbecue taste sampling where visitors have an opportunity to sample the best barbecue in the southeast!
Plan to stick around for these evening performances >>
Friday Night Bands
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers & The Kentucky Headhunters
Saturday Night Band
Located just off Exit 109 of I-75, you can get there from Twin Oaks (Exit 127) in about 15 minutes! So, CLICK HERE to book your Twin Oaks campsite now and plan yourself a great little BBQ weekend!