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Famous Dave's Ribs were Voted Number One by the Judges.

The 2007 Pig Gig Fun For Everyone!

So Much More Then Ribs!

August 5, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The heat didn't stop Pig Giggers from joining in on the fun and festivities at the 2007 Labadie Pig Gig (presented by State Farm) at Veteran's Memorial Park in Bay City, this past weekend.

Covenant Health Care and Meijer joined with Labadie & State Farm and other local sponsors making this another successful fundraising weekend for the the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County and other area charities.

It was entertainment and more entertainment, from Thursday through Sunday as the Pig Gig's schedule of events was jam packed, with activities and events from hour to hour. The Bay City Rollers, Dennis DeYoung - The Music of Styxx, Gin Blossoms and Mark Mills were all featured big-name artists.

Pig Gig organizer, Wendy Dore, was all smiles on Sunday night as the event came to an end. "So many people did so much for Pig Gig this year," Dore said. "I just want to thank them all."

Dore went on to thank all sponsors supporting the 2007 Labadie Pig Gig. Dore thanked: Dow Corning, Chemical Bank, The Bay City Times, Arnold Sales, Coors Light, Health Plus, Coca-Cola, Art Van, Belle Tire, Great Lakes Harley Davidson, Barefoot Wine, Sign Tec, Hamilton RV, Blue Care Network of Michigan, The AmericInn, 7-Eleven, Lowe's, and The Michigan Lottery and Speed Net.

"Special thanks to Batschke Garden Center for donating the beautiful decorations at the event entrance, VIP "Swine & Dine" tent and the Pig Racing Area," Dore added. "As always, it sure looks great!"

National Rib Competitors this year were:
  • Aussom Aussie - Sydney, Australia
  • Billy Bones - Red Keg, MI
  • Checkered Pig - Martinsville, VA
  • Damon's - Saginaw, MI
  • Famous Dave's - Saginaw, MI
  • Meats N/Mooore - Bay City, MI
  • Mountain Town Station - Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Up North Lodge - Linden, MI
  • Willingham's World Champions BBQ - Annanndale, MN

  • Judged Competition Winners Were:

  • Best Sauce:
    1st - Billy Bones
    2nd - Mountain Town
    3rd - Up North Lodge

  • Best Beans
    1st - Mountain Town
    2nd - Checkered Pig
    3rd - Famous Dave's

  • Best Ribs
    1st - Famous Dave's
    2nd - Willingham's
    3rd - Checkered Pig

    OnLine Voting Competition Winners

  • Best Ribs
    1st - Meats and Mooore
    2nd - Willingham's
    3rd - Aussom Aussie

    Dick Bork from Labadie and supporters from L/R ; KC and Roxann Mitchell, Dick Bork, Rhonda and Patrick Mitchell.

    (Left) Sally Kish, 43 of Bay City enjoys the Bay City Rollers concert on Thursday. Kish's sister Kate Beauvais with daughter Abby, said, "Sally is the biggest Bay City Roller fan, she still has Tiger Beat Magazine's with pictures of The Bay City Rollers."

    (Below) Megan Przygocki and Brooke Studniarz after a day of children's activities.

    There was plenty of great fun for kids of all ages including, Circus Opus, Face Painting, Lowe's Kids Clinic, Burlap Bag Races, Whispering Pines Exotic Animals, Petting Zoo, Pig / Animal Racing Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Coloring Contest, Hula Hoop Contest and much more.
    Below are more samples of the many popular attractions.

    (Above Left) Derrek Eager demonstrates a chin-up at NEW BODY HEALTH & FITNESS'S, chin-up contest held Friday, Saturday & Sunday. (Above Right) Johnny Burke and team from WHNN during the celebrity rib challenge. WHNN along with the Saginaw News placed 1st in the judge's competition and tied for 3rd with TV 25 in the peoples choice award. (1st place in the people's choice went to TV 5.)

    (Above Left) Mike Sheets entertained guests in the VIP Tent, Saturday afternoon. Sheets said, "I'm having a good time, the weather is beautiful and the ribs are great!." (Above Right) Colleen Dore takes a moment, with local kids, to smile for MBC cameras.

    (Left) Robin Wilson, singer of Gin Blossoms, works the crowd, as he put on an excellent performance.

    (Below) Alison Lagalo, listens to Wilson (Gin Blossoms) sing to her from her friend Jade Brown's cell phone.

    (Left) Michelle and Mark Hamilton came from Scottsdale, Arizona to see the Gin Blossoms perform Saturday at the Labadie Pig Gig in Bay City, Michigan. The Hamilton's said it was well worth the trip.

    (Below L/R) Gary Smith, Paul Skrzypczak, bass player from Common Groove, Bill Leen, bass player from the Gin Blossoms, Travis Kilpatrick, drummer from Common Groove.

    (Above Left) Kathy Burns, of Magic 106.3, Dick Bork from Labadie, and Lori Holsapple, Stylist at The Ritz Hair Company enjoyed watching the bull riding in the Coors Light/Molson Jaycees tent.
    (Above Right) Ron Collier and John Hayes volunteer their time working the VIP Tent.

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