On Monday, with an official go ahead from the Pembroke City Council over 20 volunteers gathered and continued the plans for the inaugural Pembroke Pig Pickin’ to take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Pembroke Pig Pickin’ started off as an idea of at-large councilwoman Angela Reed, when a group of community members expressed a need for an event to replace the non-defunct Pembroke Balloon Festival.
The Pembroke Theater and Arts volunteer board got wind of the idea and voted to champion the event as a means to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Tos Theater located in downtown Pembroke.
"We are really excited about the potential this festival has," said Event Chair and Pembroke Theater Board Chair Vera McCoy. "We are gathering volunteers and forming committees right now. We already have a great logo and are currently booking bands and seeking corporate sponsors."
According to McCoy during the Pembroke Pig Pickin’ community members and visitors from near and far can be expected to be treated to some of the best barbecue, non-stop music, carnival rides, car shows, the Pig Olympics and more. Festival attendees are sure to have a blast shopping at the unique vendor booths, watching the historic displays such as cane grinding, quilt making, hog calling and other educational performances.
Councilwoman Reed is also working with several volunteer organizations planning a 5K charity run and a Poker Run to kick off the event early that Saturday morning.
There are four sponsorship levels for local and regional corporations interested in being involved.
The prices range from $500 to $5,000. Entrance to the festival will be free to the public. Vendor booths will be available for a fee of $75 per space. If you are interested in being a sponsor or reserving a booth please contact Mrs. McCoy or Rhetta Gibson at 653-4396.
"If you like food, music, friends and family fun then we are sure you will enjoy the Pembroke Pig Pickin’," said McCoy.
The next Pembroke Pig Pickin’ planning meeting is Monday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the J.Dixie Harn Community Center located behind the Bryan County Court House on Lanier Street. All interested parties are encourage to attend.