RIDGEWAY − The steering committee for Pig on the Ridge, South Carolina’s largest barbecue festival, announced the donation of $2,000 to the Central South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross to support Midlands-area flood victims.
The donation, raised by the annual Pig on the Ridge cook-off, is being made on behalf of the community of Ridgeway, which hosts the annual festival. The donation was made from the festival’s contingency fund.
“Our hearts go out to the many South Carolinians affected by the recent flooding,” said Tom Connor, chairman of the Pig on the Ridge Steering Committee. “People from across the region have supported our festival for 17 years, and this donation is being done on behalf of the Ridgeway community, which has contributed so much to make Pig on the Ridge a success.”
The two-day festival, which includes a competitive barbecue cooking event, street dances, children’s activities, a hog-calling contest and a classic car show, is scheduled Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. The cook-off is sanctioned by South Carolina Barbecue Association.
Pig on the Ridge began in 1999 as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the settlement of Ridgeway. Since then, the festival has become a major fund-raising event, raising thousands of dollars for area charitable causes.
Admission to Pig on the Ridge is free, and free parking is available throughout the downtown area. Tickets for food on Friday night and Saturday can be purchased on site.
Highlights include a street party along a closed section of Dogwood Drive, a shag dance on Palmer Street, children’s rides, a hog-calling contest, classic/antique car show and awards presentation. Vendors and craft booths will line the downtown streets.
Visitors can also tour points of interest, including the World’s Smallest Police Station and the historic Century House, old Town Hall and former mercantile buildings now serving as offices, shops, restaurants and museums.