Pigfest serves up two days of world-class barbecue in Lakeland
Chefs from across the nation will be squaring off to prove whose barbecue is the best at Pigfest in Lakeland this weekend. The annual fundraising event returns to Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., tonight and Saturday, with more than 150 pro and amateur teams serving up their best ribs, chicken, pork and brisket. The festival will also feature live music and other entertainment. Parking and admission to the festival, which runs from 5 to 11 tonight, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, is free. The festival will have booths set up to exchange cash for "pig bucks," which can be used to buy food.Organizers say the event has raised more than $500,000 for area charities over the past 16 years. More than $10,000 in prize money will be at stake at the festival, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Competition is separated into three parts, including the Kingston Professional BBQ competition, the Publix Backyard Competition for amateurs and the Badcock Kids-Q Competition.