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Pigz in Z’hills 10th Anniversary BBQ & Blues Festival January 17-18

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 23, 2019

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce proudly invites BBQ and Blues enthusiasts to drive-in or fly-in to the 10th Annual Pigz In Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Festival held at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, located at 5200 Airport Road in Zephyrhills, on January 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free with $10 Parking. 

This festival features a Florida BBQ Association-approved barbecue competition. About 55 competition teams, both professional and backyard, are expected this year and will be competing for top honors and trophies in four standard categories: Chicken, Pork, Brisket, and Ribs.

Professional teams have the added incentive of potentially winning $10,000 in prize money.

Over the years, the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival has distinguished itself to be a qualifier for three prestigious championship contests:  The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee, considered the Superbowl of BBQ contests; the American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City, the world’s largest and oldest contest; and the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

10th Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Festival January 17-18

The Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Festival has come a long way in the 10 years since its inception. 2019’s attendance exceeded 13,000 with the addition of a cornhole tournament and brought a new and exciting crowd.

Live Blues Music and World-class Barbecue

Sean Chambers headlines the 10th Annual BBQ & Blues Festival’s lineup. Image courtesy of SeanChambers.com

The Advent Health Stage will be alive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an impressive line-up of blues music including headliner Sean Chambers, as well as the Chris Walker Band, Chuck Riley’s All-Star Band, and the Sauce Boss. Bleachers are available but it’s a good idea to bring your lawn chairs for at-home comfort!

At 6 p.m. January 18, the barbecue competition winners will be announced.

Pigz in Z’Hills is a national level barbecue competition. Image from Pixabay.

Friday Night Festivities added January 17

To mark our 10th Anniversary the event will be adding festivities on Friday night from 6:00 pm to 10 pm.

Friday evening will include a Steak Cookoff and Kidz Grilling Competition sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) along with a second day Cornhole Tournament, a people’s choice Dessert Contest, and local band showcase.

Friday evening will include a Steak Cookoff and Kidz Grilling Competition sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) along with a second day Cornhole Tournament, a people’s choice Dessert Contest, and local band showcase. Image from Pixabay.

Zephyrhills Chamber Director, Melonie Monson states, “We are excited to add these new events to our BBQ Festival. The SCA puts on a wonderful contest and we know all who compete will have a great time. We’re most excited about our Kidz Grilling Competition and can hardly wait to see the youth, ages 4-15, show off their grilling skills.”

Bahr’s Propane Gas & AC is sponsoring the Kidz Competition and will be giving away aprons to the competitors.

“The BBQ Committee will award medals to the winners and BBQ swag bags full of goodies for the top ten. This is going to be a special night for all of us,” Melonie continued.

The Cornhole Tourney will include Friday night with a $500 purse and our Saturday Tourney will include 2-player team-double elimination tournaments featuring two divisions.

Saturday’s Cornhole Tournament has Levels for All

Under the direction of the Tampa Bay Cornhole Organization, the 2-player team – double-elimination tournament will feature two divisions: ‘Well-Seasoned Division’ for more skilled competitors, and the ‘Still-Marinating Division’ is available for recreational competitors.

The ‘Well-Seasoned Division’ for more skilled competitors is $40 per team and will have a total payout of $500 as well as 1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies and will begin at 12:00 p.m. 

A ‘Still-Marinating Division’ is available for recreational competitors and cost $20 per team. Prizes will include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies along with BBQ swag bags full of goodies and will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration for both divisions will include a parking pass which will offset the $10 event parking and can be done online by clicking here

Kidz Zone, Car Show, Business Expo, and Military Museum included

Enjoy the car show, business expo, kidz zone activities, and even a military history museum!

 In addition to the barbecue competition and live blues music, the Kidz Zone will entertain with face painting, arts & crafts, and games. You can also enjoy the Swine-N-Shine Car Show, the Business Expo, and our Military History Museum. 

The Zephyrhills Museum of Military History located across the street will be open for visitors to enjoy this impressive and unique collection of memorabilia and information. 

Pigs in Z’Hills is a Community Fundraiser

Pigz in Z’Hills has helped The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to provide $30,000 in scholarships for local Zephyrhills area students in the 9 years since its inception.

Pigz in Z’Hills has helped The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to provide $30,000 in scholarships for local Zephyrhills area students in the 9 years since its inception.

Students aren’t the only ones benefitting from Pigz in Z’Hills. Many local 501(c)3 youth groups and charities that dedicate time and talent to make this a successful event are awarded donations raised from the event.

The event’s success has allowed the Chamber to “Pay it Forward” with donations to scholarships, youth leadership programs, and children’s charities every year since its beginning.

Bloodmobile is on-site for Donations

Donate blood at the OneBlood Blood Mobile on-site and receive 5 pig bucks!

The OneBlood Blood Mobile will be on-site once again.  All donors will receive 5 Pig Bucks and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening!

It takes a Village to put Pigz in Z’Hills on

The Festival is presented by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and is a “Experience Florida’s Sports Coast” event in partnership with the City of Zephyrhills and Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, AVCON, Suncoast Credit Union, PuroClean, Advent Health Zephyrhills, American Infrastructure Development, Sonny’s BBQ, CenterState Bank, Bahr’s Propane Gas & AC, Golden Corral, Jarrett Ford, BEARCOM, Duke Energy, Kelly’s Portable Restrooms, Pepin Distributing, TECO, and West Coast Rental. Advertising Partners include NatureCoaster.com, The Laker/Lutz News, Pasco News Publications, Tampa Bay Times, and Tampa Type & Print.

For more information visit www.ZephyrhillsChamber.org, or call (813) 782-1913 or visit our Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Facebook Page.

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