BBQ & Blues Festival


8th Annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival


Photos by Cliff McDuffie

FESTIVAL INFORMATION



The Zephyrhills Annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival is the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce signature event. As the name suggests, BBQ & Blues features a friendly BBQ competition amidst a background of the blues music.

FUN FAMILY EVENT!


There's something for everyone:


BBQ COMPETITION

LIVE BLUES MUSIC

KIDZ FUN ZONE

SHINE & SWINE CAR SHOW

AVIATION SHOWCASE & DISPLAY

MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM

BUSINESS EXPO


SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
10 A.M. - 6 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION | $10 PARKING

No Coolers | No Pets
Limited Seating - Bring Lawn Chairs



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5200 Airport Rd.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
(Across from the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport)

BENEFITING LOCAL YOUTH & EDUCATION PROGRAMS 


    





PARTICIPATION INFORMATION

Call: (813) 782-1913

Executive Director: Melonie Monson
Email: director@zephyrhillschamber.org

Marketing & Events Coordinator: Roxxy Geisenheimer
Email: news@zephyrhillschamber.org









PARTNER LINKS


     


BBQ COMPETITION

This festival features a Florida BBQ Association-approved barbecue competition. 50 competition teams, both professional and backyard,
are competing for top honors and trophies in four standard categories: Chicken, Pork, Brisket, and Ribs. Professional teams have the added
incentive of potentially winning $8,000 in prizes. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Over the years, the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival has distinguished itself as a qualifier for four prestigious championship contests:

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tenn., considered the Superbowl of BBQ contests; the American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City, the world’s oldest contest; the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational of Sanford, Fla.; and the World Food Championships, in Orange Beach, Ala., the largest competition in food sport sometimes called the “ultimate food fight” because champions of previous events and a variety of food categories convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000.


LIVE BLUES MUSIC



The brand new Florida Hospital Stage will be alive ALL DAY with an impressive line-up of upcoming local, regional, and national blues artists. 

2018 Entertainment:

  • To Be Announced

2017 Entertainment:

  • The Betty Fox Band
  • J.P. Soars & the Red Hots 
  • Chuck Riley's All-Star Band
  • Mama's Batch


KIDZ FUN ZONE



Our newly expanded Kidz Zone features a variety of activities that children and adults of all ages can enjoy!

For just one price, grab a wrist band and play all day on all inflatable attractions! Check out the 78-foot extreme, interactive obstacle course or the 48-foot iguana with a belly full of obstacles, a slide, and climbing wall. Take a few trips down the 20-foot high drop slide, challenge your friends in the jousting arena, snap a selfie in a sticky situation on the velcro wall, or let your little ones bounce away in one of our two moon walks.

In the Kidz Zone, you will also find pay-per-play carnival games, pony rides, train rides, and more. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for our FREE, fun activities, like the 12-foot, collaborative coloring wall provided by Kidz Zone sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union! Thanks to our friends at Suncoast, parents can even take turns relaxing in the shade while the kids play!


SWINE & SHINE CAR SHOW



Cruise on in to our Swine & Shine Car Show. No Pre-registration required.


AVIATION SHOWCASE



Our aviation showcase includes static displays, drone demonstrations, and aviation culture exhibits. Festival goers can even pay $75 to take ride in a classic airplane. The Ford Tri-Motor Airplane recalls the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Those flying are encouraged to bring cameras! A local skydiver will also jump in flying the American Flag as a special guest sings the National Anthem.


MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM



In the early 1940s, hundreds of Army fighter pilots came to Zephyrhills to hone their skills at the newly built Zephyrhills Army Airfield before going to war.

After World War II, the airport was donated to the city. The barracks where the pilots lived have all been demolished with this infirmary building being the only survivor. From 1997 to 2001, state and city grants allowed for restoration and preservation of this building. The museum holds treasured memories of the World War II veterans who lived and trained in Zephyrhills and others who served in this and other wars.

Participants are encouraged to take a tour of the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History, conveniently located across the street from the festival grounds.


BBQ & BLUES IN THE NEWS




Pigz in Z'hills BBQ & Blues Festival was featured on Daytime, News Channel 8 - WFLA

2017

2016

2015

2014



ECONOMIC IMPACT

PIGZ IN Z’HILLS IS THE SIGNATURE EVENT FOR THE GREATER ZEPHYRHILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

PIG business is BIG business here in Zephyrhills. 

In just six short years, BBQ & Blues has pulled more than 1.5 million dollars into the Zephyrhills area. Last year, the festival brought an estimated economic impact of $380,00 to our local economy.

Since its inception, BBQ & Blues has helped The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to provide approximately $24,000 in scholarships to Zephyrhills area students. Last year a total of $5,000 was awarded.

BBQ & Blues engages over 200 dedicated volunteers every year. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has awarded more than $40,000 in donations to local 501(c)3 youth groups and charities that commit time and talent to create this successful event.

With 9,000-12,000 guests per year, BBQ & Blues has grown to become the most attended event in Zephyrhills. While nearly half of the participants are usually local, about 30% are regional and a surprising 20% are from out of state. BBQ & Blues helps put Zephyrhills on the map!


BENEFICIARIES

Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues has raised thousands for these local civic and youth organizations:

  • Boy Scouts
  • East Pasco YMCA
  • Pasco County Sheriff's Charities
  • Relay for Life of Zephyrhills
  • Resurrection House Mission
  • Rotary Club of Zephyrhills
  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  • Zephyrhills Civil Air Patrol
  • Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund
  • Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Explorers
  • Zephyrhills High School Army JROTC
  • Zephyrhills High School Key Club
  • Zephyrhills High School Honor Society
  • Zephyrhills High School Bulldog Football
  • Zephyrhills High School Interact Club
  • Zephyrhills High School Drama Club
  • Zephyrhills Museum of Military History
  • Zephyrhills Police Athletic League
  • Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association


PARTNER LINKS






2018 PARTICIPANT APPLICATIONS & INFORMATION




                                                           


           SEE YOU IN JANUARY!

          8th Annual Pigz in Z'hills BBQ & Blues Festival
January 20, 2018
10 A.M. - 6 P.M.

5200 Airport Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33542


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