Pig In The Park

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A squealin’ good time was had for all at Wesley Chapel’s 3rd annual Pig In The Park celebration!

Held on one of the most beautiful days so far this year, the much anticipated celebration of all things swine lived up to the hype surrounding it.

Judges with a selection from each contestant

The event organizers, Wesley Chapel Friends of Park & Recreation, promised attendees a variety of delights for their eyes as well as their tongues. They did not disappoint.

The food and fun festival was headlined by a rigorous BBQ cook off, where six teams vied for the title of BBQ master. Their tents sprouted up in the parking lot of Dogwood Park and some serious cookin’ began a day before the BBQ would be served.

The teams spent Friday night in the park, tenderly and carefully preparing their secret recipes for watering tongues to taste the next day.

Despite fierce competition, a difficult decision was finally made by the judges on Saturday at noon, and awards were handed out.

Outnumbered BBQ- First Place winner and People’s Choice Award

Final rankings were: Outnumbered BBQ- First Place, and People’s Choice, Z’s BBQ- Second Place, and Fire Hogs BBQ- Third place. Also represented in the competition were Butts of Mayhem, Five Stones Church, and Chevy Hangar BBQ.

All teams served up delicious eats to those who cared to sample their wares while wandering around enjoying the atmosphere and entertainment.

The Pig Calling Contest was amusing for young and old alike, and was won by three-year-old, Theran Miller, whose enthusiastic “oink”s stole the hearts of the crowd.

Theran Miller, winner of Pig Calling Contest

Kids could pan for golden treasure at Reed’s Gold mine before tumbling around in the inflatable bounce house provided by the YMCA.

Pediatric Dentistry of Wesley Chapel showed off their perfect smiles and warm hearts, at a spinning booth, where participants could win an array of fun prizes and visit with some of the best staff in the pediatric dentistry business.

Pediatric Dentistry of Wesley Chapel booth

Junior’s Scoops offered the perfect way to round out the festival with their ice cream cart perched on the top of hill overlooking the lake.

A fun afternoon was had by all, and another successful Pig In The Park is in the Wesley Chapel record books.

Pig Calling Contest
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Emily Macchiavello
Emily has always had a passion for words. Although her career is in teaching, writing has never been far from her heart.
Emily is a mother of three who loves travel, fashion, yoga and generally making the most of what life has to offer. She finds happiness in raising her family in Charlotte, and takes pride in being a part of this friendly community.
Emily teaches English and Spanish at a K-8 Charter school in Charlotte, and holds a B.S in English Education and a M.A in Literature.