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Dirty 30th and Still Smokin - Winchester, TN

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April 7, 2017

 Dirty 30th and Still Smokin
Winchester, TN

Wow, looking back 30 years have went by fast. The first High on the Hog started in downtown Winchester Tennessee in 1987 with 5 teams and has grown to a Premier KCBS Barbeque Contest of over 60 professional and 30 backyard teams. Over 100 certified judges are needed to sample and score some of the best barbeque for appearance, taste and tenderness. Teams and judges travel from all over these United States at their own expense to cook, judge and be a part of a large BBQ family of friends.

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin County Tennessee has overseen this event the past fourteen years with Brenda Long and Jeannie Bates serving as the contest organizers. Taking on this event was a daunting task at first especially to Club members who had never even been to a contest. Thru trial and error this event has become a well-oiled machine.

In 1994 Representative Billy Rigsby presented resolution #183 to the joint house to designate the Winchester High on the Hog Barbeque Cookoff as the first Official State of Tennessee Barbeque Championship Competition and it was approved and signed by Governor Ned McWerter. This State of Tennessee resolution enables winners of this contest to qualify to participate in other championship and sanctioned contests.      

The tantalizing aroma of sweet Smokey barbecue draws crowds each year from far and near to the High on the Hog Festival in Winchester, Tennessee. This year’s big 30th contest will be held the week of April 18th- 22nd in the Winchester City Park on the shores of Tim’s Ford Lake.

 Pro KCBS teams will compete for over $15,000 in cash and trophies. Backyard teams will compete in the Traders Bank BBQ Contest and try their skills at Chicken, Pork and Ribs to win over $3000.00 in prizes and trophies. 

The Franklin County Kiwanis Club has been organized since 1999 and has made great strides in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children in Franklin County by making sure all the proceeds raised from the festival help them in some way.

“Proceeds raised by the Kiwanis Club of Franklin County are used to help families and improve our community through the year. The Club provides scholarships for Franklin County students and assists other local charities in projects and donations of funds raised by this event.

The Franklin County Kiwanis Club will again this year participating in the KCBS 250,000 Meals Mission to provide world class pork BBQ to needy families. Two years ago, the program began with a goal of feeding 100,000 families, it was such a great success that it was expanded last year to 250,000 families fed. Last year teams were asked to cook extra BBQ and it was donated to Good Samaritan. The goal was to feed 200 families but fed 473 here in Franklin County.

Teams and Judges love coming to High on the Hog in the City Park next to the beautiful Tims Ford Lake. Southern hospitality is not a myth when you visit here. This contest is known for treating their teams and judges to goodies, such as the lavish Home Depot goody buckets full of whatever, you never know what you will get. Judges are known to try and sign up before they leave for next year’s contest, especially to come back for the famous banana pudding.  

Prime Time Attractions Carnival and Midway will open Tuesday through Friday.  Free concerts Friday and Saturday night’s and a Motorcycle poker run April 15 are all part of the event, not to mention a beauty pageant and the Hog Wild Trail Run.

High on the Hog is a qualifier for The American Royal and The Jack Daniels Invitational Contests. If you are wanting to cook in a quality contest, there may be a space or two still open.

Get ready for the 30th High on the Hog Festival by checking out the event schedule or getting applications for cooking in the contest. Visit the web site: www.highonthehogfestival.com


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