Ham it up at Pork In The Park this weekend

Whether it’s taste-testing wings, rising up in a hot air balloon or bouncing around on inflatables, the whole family is bound to have a blast at this spring’s Pork in the Park festival.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at Winter Place Park, located at 6737 Blue Ribbon Road in Salisbury. The festival hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $3 at the gate for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Some activities have an additional cost.

New this year is Balloonville where festival-goers can check out the inside of a hot air balloon, take a tethered balloon ride or sign up for a passenger flight. A balloon glow on Saturday evening will showcase hot air balloons illuminated from within against the night sky.

Also new is the Eastern Shore Pork War, in which guests vote on their favorite pulled pork, with beer pairings for those 21 and older.

The Deli will be back to defend its title at the Eastern Shore Wing War people’s choice wing competition, taking on several other area restaurants.

Rommel’s Ace Inflatable Park returns this year offering over a dozen bounce houses, slides and obstacles to children ages 14 and younger. The festival also hosts a Kids Zone, with free face painting and balloon animals on Saturday and several pet-friendly activities on Sunday.

As always, the festival offers a plethora of delicious food, cold beverages and live entertainment throughout the weekend.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Friends of Recreation & Parks Tomorrow Fund. This fund provides scholarships to youth participating in County child care programs and youth sports programs.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.porkinthepark.org.


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