A beginner’s guide to the Carolina Pig Jig according to three of its biggest fans

Pig Jig

The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds this weekend. An eagerly anticipated part of the festival is the Saturday-only Carolina Pig Jig. Around 20 chapters of Masons will compete for bragging rights in this one-day competition and fundraiser. The real winners are the attendees, who for $20 gain entry and all-you-can-eat barbecue. In an effort to help out those that might be attending their first Pig Jig, we talked to a few “experts” to get their best advice for how to maximize your barbecue experience. See tips below: Paul Jones, manager of organization engagement at Butterball,…

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Weekend Update: The Got to Be NC Festival celebrates 10 years!

It’s a celebration of food and agriculture at the 10th annual Got to Be N.C. Festival.  Come enjoy a mix of food, fun, music, carnival rides, tractors and more. Gate admission is free. Highlights include: Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods, in the Exposition Center. Nearly 100 North Carolina companies will be sampling and selling their products. Admission is $3 for ages 12 or older, but visitors can show their Lowes Foods loyalty card and receive two free admissions at the door. 9th Annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off will be Saturday beside the Exposition Center. Enjoy barbecue from…

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Casey’s top reason’s to head out the the Got to be NC Festival

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The official start of the 2016 N.C. State Fair is still 148 days away, but this weekend you can catch a fair vibe at the Got to Be NC Festival. Last year Casey Cardinal made his debut, check out what he’s looking forward to at this year’s festival. The Got to Be NC Festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday. Gate admission and parking is free. 1. Casey’s Big Ticket weekend: Check out the ticket booth near the waterfall to purchase $5 tickets to the N.C. State Fair. This is the absolute lowest price they are available for adult admission….

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Wake up with the Deep Fried Crew: Festival edition

Flying Bob and Firecracker give a rundown of the remaining activities at the Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Saturday’s activities includes the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, a bluegrass band competition, the Carolina Rollergirls Roller Derby, Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-in and tractor pull. Sunday, be sure to come out for the FIRST robotics competition and border collie sheepherding demonstrations. You also can enjoy the best of N.C. agriculture in the food and wine expo, participate in a workshop at Carolina FiberFest, interact with animals in the Agri-Plaza and ride carnival rides all weekend. To find…

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