• Pigz In Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival

  • BBQ & Blues 2019 is made possible by the generosity of these community-minded business!

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  • Centennial Bank • Culvers of Zephyrhills   Double M Electric • Edward Jones  IR Staffing • Kelley's Portable Restrooms • Kimley-Horn & Associates • Microtel Inn & Suites • My Cart Shop • Nensy & Associates • Nicloletti Law Firm • Rosecastle of Zephyrhills • San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union • Silverado Golf Course • Teco/People's Gas   West Coast Rentals • Zephyrhills Municipal City Golf Course


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  • 9th Annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival

  • 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
    • Business Expo
    • Cornhole Tourney
    • Kidz Zone
    • Shine & Swine Car Show
    • Aviation Showcase
    • Military History Museum

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
    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 

     


  • BBQ Competition BBQ Competition

    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 $10,000 in prizes. Winners will be announced at 6 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 Live Blues Music

    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. 

    2019 Entertainment:
    Damon Fowler
    Bird Tribe
    Chuck Riley's All-Star Revue
    Ellie Lee Band
    Dave Shepard Band


    2018 Entertainment:
    The Legendary JC's
    Chuck Riley's All-Star Revue
    Some Day Honey
    Doug South Band
    Ed Wright Duo

    Kidz Fun Zone Kidz Fun Zone

    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 Swine & Shine Car Show

    Swine & Shine Car Show

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

    Cornhole Tourney Cornhole Tourney

    Cornhole Tournament

    2019 brings new and exiting games to Pigz in Z'Hills. This year will feature our 1st Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Cornhole enthusiasts will find all they need and more to enjoy this day. What can be better than music, beer & great friends!

    Two Divisions will be available for Double Elimination Play

    Well-Seasoned Division for Skilled Competitors starts at 12:00 pm - $40 per team         

    Prize Money-$500. 1st place $300 & Trophy, 2nd place $200 & Trophy, 3rd place Trophy 

     

    Still-Marinating Division for Recreational Competitors starts at 3:00 pm - $20 per team     1st, 2nd, 3rd place Trophies

    Warm up begins 1 hour before tournament starting time.

    Tournament Rules

    1. This tournament follow will follow American Hornhole Organization Rules.
    2. Both tournaments will be played on regulation court.
    3. This tournament will have a maximum of 32 teams per division.
    4. Bags fly at 12:00pm for Well-Seasoned Division - 3:00pm for Still-Marinating Division.
    5. The format will consist of double elimination format.
    6. All teams will play a minimum of three games.
    7. We reserve the right to reduce prize payouts based on a reduced number of entries.

    Download Application & Rules Here

     

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    Military History Museum Military History Museum

    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.


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  • 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 eight short years, BBQ & Blues has pulled more than 2 million dollars into the Zephyrhills area. Last year, the festival brought an estimated economic impact of $500,000 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

  • 2019 Participant Applications & Information

    Participant Information

    Call: (813) 782-1913

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

    Marketing & Events Coordinator: Rima Shah
    Email: marketing@zephyrhillschamber.org

     


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