Pork In The Park will be here April 24


Twelve thousand people are expected to attend the 11th annual Pork in the Park festival in the spring, with events from a pig race to corn hole tournament.

Planned for Friday, April 24, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the event will be at Winterplace Park. Admission costs $3 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

“Pork in the Park has been a staple in the community. We’re excited to bring it back this year. It launches the spring season,” said Kristen Goller, who handles public relations.

“It’s a great time for people to get out of the house, to get outside with the family and have some affordable entertainment everyone can enjoy,” she said.

There will be performances by regional bands, amusement rides and traditional foods including barbecue, hot dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, kettle corn, chocolate-covered cheesecake and French fries.

Vendors will sell items such as candles and the 2015 Pork in the Park T-shirt.

On Saturday, there will be a corn hole tournament open to public. Teams will register in advance and the winner will be awarded a cash prize.

Pig and Hot Dog Racing — meaning pigs and Dachshunds — will be at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 Saturday and promised “animals racing around the track snorting, squealing, barking and panting,” according to a news release.

Again this year, Pork in the Park will have an Eastern Shore Wing War and restaurants will face off March Madness style. The winner will receive a cash prize and banner.

Those considering competing are being urged to, “Let your favorite restaurant know you think it’s up for the challenge.”

Brackets for the wing war cost $10 for 20 wing-tasting tickets. For more information, contact James Simmons at jsimmons@wicomicocounty.org. Last year’s winners were The Deli, Flannery’s and Smitty McGee’s.

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