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:
LIVE BLUES MUSIC
KIDZ FUN ZONE
SHINE & SWINE CAR SHOW
AVIATION SHOWCASE & DISPLAY
MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM
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
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.
Our newly expanded Kidz Zone features a variety of activities that children and adults of all ages can enjoy!
For just $10, 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!
Cruise on in to our Swine & Shine Car Show. No Pre-registration required.
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.
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.
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 $380,00 to our local economy, and in 2015 alone - the estimated economic impact of this one-day event was a staggering $500,000.
Since its inception, BBQ & Blues has helped The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce to provide approximately $19,000 in scholarships to Zephyrhills area students. Last year a total of $5,000 was awarded, including a new $1,000 BBQ & Blues Performing Arts
BBQ & Blues engages over 150 dedicated volunteers every year. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has awarded more than $30,000 in donations to local 501(c)3 youth groups and charities that commit time and talent to create this successful event.
With 6,000-9,000 guests per year, BBQ & Blues has grown to become the most attended event in Zephyrhills. While nearly half of the parti- cipants are usually local, about 30% are regional and a surprising 20% are from out of state. BBQ & Blues helps put Zephyrhills on the map!
Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues has raised thousands for these local civic and youth organizations: