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Big Pig Jig

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PO Box 308, Vienna, GA 31092
http://www.bigpigjig.com
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History: 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...read more
History: 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 Countys 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 Was Listed By Travel Agent Magazine As One Of Americas Top 500 Festivals, Touted By Tom Clynes, Author Of Wild Planet! As One Of The Worlds 1,001 Most Extraordinary Events. The Contest Has Also Been Named To The Discovery Travel Channels Top Ten List Of Worlds Best Barbecue Contests For The Past Four Years. The Festival Was Featured On The Food Networks 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 Was Listed In The New York Times Best Seller 1001 Places To See Before You Die By Patricia Shultz.Twenty Teams Competed, Cooking Whole Hogs Only, At Big Pig Jig In 1982 And $1,000 In Prize Money Was Awarded To The Top Seven Contenders. Stump & Son, A Team From Marietta, Georgia Won The Grand Prize On Their Train Grill.Once The Smoke Cleared, The Crafters Packed And Headed Home, And The Hogs Were Gone To Market, The Community Recognized It Had A Winning Combination. The Setting Was Ideal, So A Fall Festival Was Born. A New Site Located On Interstate 75 Near Georgia Highway 215 In Vienna Was Purchased And Developed For The Ever-Increasing Number Of Participants. Expansion At The Facility Has Been Necessary Each Year To Accommodate The Events Growth.The Success Of The Festival Was Demonstrated In 1991 When Prize Money Was Increased 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!Twenty-Nine Years After The Idea Took Shape, The 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 Jigs Top Cooks And Accommodated Huge Crowds Of Festival Fun-Seekers At The Facility Now Known As Bbq City, U.S.A.More Than Twenty-Five Events Similar To Big Pig Jig Have Appeared Across The Southeast Since 1982. Some Remain, Some Do Not. Often Imitated But Not Yet Duplicated, Big Pig Jig Remains The Southeasts Largest And Georgias Oldest And Official Barbecue Cooking Contest.
 
 

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History: 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 Countys 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 Was Listed By Travel Agent Magazine As One Of Americas Top 500 Festivals, Touted By Tom Clynes, Author Of Wild Planet! As One Of The Worlds 1,001 Most Extraordinary Events. The Contest Has Also Been Named To The Discovery Travel Channels Top Ten List Of Worlds Best Barbecue Contests For The Past Four Years. The Festival Was Featured On The Food Networks 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 Was Listed In The New York Times Best Seller 1001 Places To See Before You Die By Patricia Shultz.Twenty Teams Competed, Cooking Whole Hogs Only, At Big Pig Jig In 1982 And $1,000 In Prize Money Was Awarded To The Top Seven Contenders. Stump & Son, A Team From Marietta, Georgia Won The Grand Prize On Their Train Grill.Once The Smoke Cleared, The Crafters Packed And Headed Home, And The Hogs Were Gone To Market, The Community Recognized It Had A Winning Combination. The Setting Was Ideal, So A Fall Festival Was Born. A New Site Located On Interstate 75 Near Georgia Highway 215 In Vienna Was Purchased And Developed For The Ever-Increasing Number Of Participants. Expansion At The Facility Has Been Necessary Each Year To Accommodate The Events Growth.The Success Of The Festival Was Demonstrated In 1991 When Prize Money Was Increased 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!Twenty-Nine Years After The Idea Took Shape, The 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 Jigs Top Cooks And Accommodated Huge Crowds Of Festival Fun-Seekers At The Facility Now Known As Bbq City, U.S.A.More Than Twenty-Five Events Similar To Big Pig Jig Have Appeared Across The Southeast Since 1982. Some Remain, Some Do Not. Often Imitated But Not Yet Duplicated, Big Pig Jig Remains The Southeasts Largest And Georgias Oldest And Official Barbecue Cooking Contest.