Sept. 21 and 22 is the weekend you want to be in downtown Maysville. The 9th Annual Pig Out BBQ festival begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Stop by after work, there will be a variety of food to eat and vendors will start serving at 5 p.m. Pig Out also has booths hosted by various organizations and individuals. There will be an array of items for sale including but not limited to: desserts, ice cream, shaved ice, face painting and Zija. Once again the Maysville Rotary Club is hosting a crowd favorite game of skill, the toilet seat toss. There will be a cheese wheel hosted by the Shriners where you can win some delicious block cheese. In addition to fantastic food, Pig Out has become known for the great entertainment that is provided each year. Back by popular demand, “Them Bones” a rockin' Cincinnati blues band gets the entertainment underway on Friday at 7 p.m., and performs until 10 p.m.
On Saturday everything gets going at noon, so bring the family and be prepared to stay for awhile. The activities for children have expanded this year. Backyard Carnivals will have four inflatables set up on the Second Street Mall located beside US Bank. Purchasing an arm band gets unlimited rides for the children: Friday bands are $5, Saturday bands are $10 or a band for both days is only $12. Single tickets will also be available for purchase for .50 cents each or 15 for $5. Backyard Carnivals will also be selling Cotton Candy, Snow Cones and Popcorn. Hayrides are being offered this year for $1. Split the pot tickets will be sold for $1 each and will be available for purchase all day.
New this year is a dunking booth with locals braving the possibility of hitting the cold cold water to help the Shriners. There may be someone signed up that you just might want to dunk. First up at noon is Kelly Clarke, 19th Judicial Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney elect. Every half hour the target will change - 12:30 p.m., is Mason County Football Coach David Buchanan; 1 p.m., Norbert Gallenstein, owner of O’Rourkes Pub; 1:30 p.m., Tina Rigdon, YMCA Fitness Director/ Bengal Cheerleader; 2 p.m., Victor McKay, candidate for Maysville City Commission; 2:30 p.m.; Dr. Michael Coleman, owner Kid Care; 3 p.m., T.C. Rice with the Maysville Police Department;, 3:30 p.m., Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs; 4 p.m., Christy Orems, Fleming County Girl’s Basketball Coach; 4:30 p.m., Lisa O’Hearn, Maysville Assistant Police Chief; 5 p.m., Chris O’Hearn, Mason County Boy’s Basketball Coach; and 5:30 p.m., Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent news reporter.
Three bands are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday. Puddin’ Howell and The Last Call Band will perform from 1 until 4 p.m. Fathead Davis, a local favorite, will be on stage from 4 to 7 p.m., and the Koolerators will keep you rocking from 7 until 10 p.m.
Be sure to take part in the People’s Choice voting and make your opinion count. There are 15 participants this year that will be serving pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken in their own unique signature style. You will have the opportunity to taste it all and cast your vote on who makes the best pulled pork in town. Please come and enjoy all the festivities while sampling all the delicious BBQ that the contestants prepare.
All proceeds from this event go to the Shriners Transportation Fund. The need for transportation for medical treatment will reach an all time high this year. Support from last year’s Pig Out sponsors raised over $15,000 for the Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund. Your donation is tax deductible.
Charles Doughman 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 and our Transportation Fund provides the patients and their family’s transportation to and from our hospitals.”
If you have any questions or need more information please call Charles Doughman 606-375-2236.