Pig Out BBQ Festival begins Friday

Sept. 21-22 is the weekend you want to be in downtown Maysville.

The 15th annual Pig Out BBQ festival gets underway at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 through 10 p.m. with the band Burning Rome from Southern Ohio performing from 7-10 p.m. Stop by after work on Friday, there will be a variety of food to eat from old and new vendors. Vendors will be set up and ready to serve lunch on Friday, so come on down, check things out, and have lunch.

In addition to fantastic food, Pig Out has become known for the great entertainment that it provides each year. There will be live music both nights. There also will be a silent auction both days consisting of items valued from $25 to more than $100 that have been donated by local business. Split the pot tickets will be sold for $1 each and will be available for purchase throughout the event.

On Saturday, everything gets going at 8 a.m. with the start of the 5K run/2 mile walk with registration starting at 7 a.m. downtown at the fountain. This year, thanks to our generous sponsors, 100 percent of the $25 entry fee will be donated to the Shriner’s Transportion Fund. All participants will get a cool shirt and a chance at an award.

At noon, the pit master’s booths will be open and ready for business, so bring the family and be prepared to stay for a while. There are many other vendor booths to visit and do some shopping or buy some delicious treats. There will be great entertainment for the kids with Backyard Carnival, they will have their inflatable’s set up on McDonald Parkway and Sutton Street.

They will be selling bracelets for these activities, which will let the kids play as many times as they desire.

Saturday evening the band Generation X from Cincinnati, will be performing from 7-10 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that KidCare will be sponsoring the hayride again this year, which will be free throughout the event.

The fire department will be back again with the challenge for the kids, Saturday along with the police department doing finger printing.

All proceeds from this event go to the Shriner’s Transportation Fund. Any donation given is tax deductible.

Alan Selby of the Tri County Shrine Club said, “Our hospitals give medical treatment to any child under the age of 18 at no cost to the family. The collective funds we have raised over the years from this event, made it possible for us to purchase a new van. This new van allows us to provide patients, and their family, free transportation to, and from, our hospitals. “

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.