The winners of the Pig in the Park's BBQ Competition pose with their trophies.
Saturday May 5th, 2018 found a packed Dogwood Park in Welsey Chapel celebrating Pig in the Park. The 4th Annual Amateur BBQ Cook-Off brings BBQ lovers together to enjoy local competitor’s best pulled pork. There was also live music, local businesses, and kid friendly activities for family friendly fun. Sondra Bradford and Diana Bowler, of Wesley Chapel’s Friends of Parks and Recreation, helped organize the event. “We are a non-profit that wants to bring people to Dogwood Park and the community together.” Julie Brown of Wesley Chapel’s Parks and Recreation department actually spent the night at the park with the teams. “The teams came in on Friday afternoon and they cooked all night.” Trail Life Troop Leaders Robert Bradford and Jeff Greer are very proud of their team’s First Place win in the BBQ Competition. Trail Life NC-0413 meets at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church and they came to help promote their troop and make the best BBQ!
Creekside Band plays for the crowds at 2018’s Pig in the Park in Wesley Chapel on May 5th, 2018.
Emcee Craig Winslow, with Tiki Hut Entertainment, awards a prize during Welsey Chapel’s Pig In the Park.
A young child tries a sample of ice cream from Junior’s Scoop at Pig in the Park in Wesley Chapel on Saturday May 5th, 2018.
The trophies for the BBQ competition wait to be awarded at Pig in the Park in Wesley Chapel on Saturday May 5th, 2018.
Peoples Choice Award goes to Fire Hogs at Pig in the Park on May 5th, 2018.
Emcee Craig Winslow and Diana Bowler of Wesley Chapel’s Parks and Recreation announce the winners of Pig in the Park’s BBQ contest.
The crowd eagerly waits to find out the winner of Wesley Chapel’s Pig in the Park BBQ Competition.
First place in Wesley Chapel’s Pig in the Park BBQ Competition is awarded to Trail life NC -0413.
The winners of the Pig in the Park’s BBQ Competition pose with their trophies.
Trail Life NC-0413 wins First Place in Pig in the Park’s BBQ Competition on May 5th, 2018.
Fire Hogs took home People’s Choice and 2nd place in Pig in the Park’s BBQ competition.
2 Guys and a Que won 3rd place in the BBQ competition at Pig in the Park on May 5th, 2018.
Jimmy Chambers samples BBQ at Wesley Chapel’s Pig in the Park. He came out with the Union County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Program. “We helped with McGruff and other things.”
Zachary, from Monroe. came to Pig in the Park with his dad to get more info about Trail Life and taste some BBQ!
The English family came from Monroe. “We came out to enjoy Pig in the Park, eat some BBQ, and meet the neighbors.”
Mary Zurawski of Z’s BBQ came in Fourth at 2018 Pig in the Park. Kevin Zurawski, from Waxhaw, describes BBQ as his life’s passion. ” It’s our 2nd year here at Pig in the Park. We had a blast.”
Jeff Barbour, Tim Havens, Mike McKeown, Blaire Brown, and Julie Brown came to enjoy BBQ and support Pig in the Park. Julie is part of the Wesley Chapel Parks and Recreation.
Brian Somers, from Waxhaw, and Riley Rivers, from Monroe came in 2nd and 1st in the Pig Calling competition at Wesley Chapel’s Pig in the Park. River’s explains, “My mom grew up calling pigs. I was doing it for her dad. He’s here in spirit. They had pigs and cattle on their farm. She taught me how to do it. My grandma also helped.” Somers credits his second place finish to Google.
Jenny, Sean, Max-A-Minion, Ashley and Kelly are from Murdock Orthodontics in Wesley Chapel. “We came to sponsor the barbecue and Dr John Murdock was one of the judges.”
The Holleman and The Drakes, from Waxhaw and Weddington, relax after eating BBQ while listening to live music. “We were playing baseball across the street and came over for some BBQ.”
A. Tara Botero was born and raised in the South but only recently moved to Waxhaw, NC in November 2014. She has a horse, Cooper, with whom she spends many hours on the trails. Tara has been in love with photography for over 20 years and joined Tri-W News as a photographer and reporter in August 2016.