Go hog wild at Lexington's BBQ Festival

Go hog wild at Lexington's BBQ Festival

Lexington Barbecue Festival

Get your fill of food, music and lots of family fun at the 36th annual Barbecue Festival in historic uptown Lexington on Saturday.

Thousands of pounds of slow-cooked pork barbecue, the kind that has helped the city earn its nickname as the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” will be freshly prepared and available for purchase.

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Special attractions include a 50-ton pig themed sand sculpture, a lumberjack sports show, an antique car show, a BMX stunt show, a juried art and craft show and more.

Headlining performers include Walker Hayes, Thompson Square and Stephanie Quayle.

Admission is free. Exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., the opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m., and barbecue tents open at 10 a.m.

Parking will be available in uptown and shuttles will provide transportation service from satellite parking lots throughout the city.

Amtrak trains, running between Charlotte and Raleigh, will stop in Lexington for the festival. Click here for more information on riding the train.

A special Pre-Pig Shindig will be held on Friday at Childress Vineyards. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event.

For a full schedule of events and more information on the festival, go to barbecuefestival.com.