At Hillsborough’s 35th Hog Day festival this weekend, visitors can sample different styles of barbecue and contribute to a fund to help children who are in areas recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The festival will be held Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at River Park, 144 E. Margaret Lane. Some 30 businesses have painted model pigs for the “Pigs on Parade” event to be held during the festival.
Visitors may vote for their favorite painted pig and donate to the Optimist Relief Fund for Children, said Craig Lloyd, President of the Orange County Optimist Club and a Hog Day organizer. Those funds will be earmarked for children in the Florida and Texas hurricane zones, Lloyd said. Yep Roc Records, Walmart, Hillsborough Yarn and PHE Inc. are among the businesses that have entered painted pigs in the parade.
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The Orange County Optimist Club took over the annual festival from the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce after the chamber ended its sponsorship in 2014.
This year’s festival will feature the return of the classic car show. Musicians who will perform at the festival are Blue52, Harvey Dalton Arnold, The Hill Country Cosmopolitans, New Creation of Hillsborough, Chuck Ayers Charlotte’s Voice of Elvis, Rock and Roll Reunion and the Dixie Revival Band. Other Hog Day events are a 5K run and a dessert contest.
Admission is free. For more details, visit http://www.hogday.org.