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A Fantastic Weekend Full of Festivities at Labadie Pig Gig
August 8, 2010
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By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor
It was a Fantastic Weekend Full of Festivities and Rib tasting at the annual Labadie Pig Gig Presented by State Farm held in Bay City's Veteran's Memorial Park August 5-8, 2010.
The 2010 Championship Rib Cook-off is the setting for national competitors vying for the title of "The Best in the Midwest".
Rib Champions from around the country and even from around the world participated in the best Pigalicious summer event of the year.
The Forecast for the weekend; SUPER - FANTASTIC !!!!!!!
Area Family Charities and
DoreAble Entertainment, Inc. were blessed with beautiful weather every day during the four-day Rib Event. It was Bay City summer weather at it's best.
2010 Rib Competitors included:
Aussom Aussie, from Sydney Australia
BBQ Masters from Atlanta, GA
Big Boned BBQ, from Hixson, TN
Billy Bones BBQ from Red Keg, MI
Famous Dave's from Saginaw, MI
Smokin Joe's Hog Wild BBQ from Mansfield, OH
Touch of Smoke BBQ from Plymouth, MI
Two Fat Guys BBQ from Massillon, OH
Willinghams World Champions BBQ, Memphis, TN
New this year to the event - "When Pigs Fly" -- was one of the most exciting moments of the weekend.
On Sunday, Wendy Dore, flew over the Labadie Pig Gig in a Helicopter and dropped over 500 piggies, over a target. Piggies were numbered and purchased earlier . . . and if your piggie was closest to the target, then you were a winner.
Top prize was $1500.00 for closest (1st)
and even $150 for furtherest from target.
Rest of proceeds went to local charity. (Pictures Below)
(Above) Wendy Dore and Jeff Turner (Pilot) fly over Vet's Park for the New "WHEN PIGS FLY"
(Above) Wendy drops over 500 plastic pigs into the target zone in the middle of the concert area.
Pig Gig staff and volunteers measure which piggies are closet and furthest to hole
(Above) A 20 year veteran of the International BBQ Circuit, Paul "Aussom Aussie" MacKay started competing in BBQ contests in 1988. Winning the biggest and best contests in USA and Canada including the Great American Rib Cook-Off, Best in the West and winning 150 awards for best BBQ - Aussom Aussie is at the top of his game.
(Above) Big Boned BBQ from Hixon, TN. made their debut in Bay City. Father and son team, John and Patrick Nelson have been professionally cooking BBQ for the past 13 years. Big Boned BBQ has won the title Best Ribs in Indiana and Pennsylvania and had their many trophies on display.
(Above) This rotating pig traveled from Frankenmuth to be on display, it may be recognized from the move 'whip it' starring Drew Barrymore
Mary, Kayla and Jolie sell tickets for the Pigalicious Food demonstrations. Jolie White explained, "If they draw your number you got to eat whatever the chef made for that hour." The ladies also sold tickets for The 1927 Bugatti "Type 35B" Replica. (Pictured Below)
The 1927 Bugatti "Type 35B" Replica. The drawing for this fundraiser will be held on September 9, 2010 at the State Theater's Taste & Theatrics annual event. The car was generously donated by Tom McDonald of Saginaw.
Gary VanHoogstraten, Pig Gig Volunteer in the VIP tent
(Above) The Bay City Country Club's made their debut at the Labadie Pig Gig serving there popular ROCK'N RIB ROLLS & JUMBO WINGS (Pictured, Cassie)
(Above) The Famous Pig Racing,
six individual pig races were held each day lasting approximately 25 minutes each.
local charity was host to the races with all proceeds donated to that non-profit charity.
(Above) Smiling BAY CITY JAYCEES (L/R) Sherry LaBerge, Sara LaBerge, Crystal Little, Mary Krager
(Above) Kids don't get bored, with Plenty of children's activities & projects throughout the park
Hang'n Out at the State Farm Tent
(Above) Justin Klumpp, Kelsey Wyzgowski, Ken Philips, all 21 & above, born & raised in Bay City!
(Above) Tall orders of rib were not the only thing tall at the rib event
(Above) Collin & Kristin, and their winning stuffed pig
(Above) THE RETURN OF THE CHICKEN DROP - Participates buy their lucky number square where they think the chicken will "drop" his droppings, a hilarious game of chance.
(Above) Bob Sater hosts as Janice Sater lets the chicken loose
(Above) Kelsey Kukla and Ashley Furtaw sell tickets for upcoming car wash on Sunday August 15, 2010 at Auto Zone (12:00pm to 4:00pm) in Bay City to raise money for John Glenn Cheer-leading squad.
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*Editors Note - Thanks to both Mike and Dana for the lifts over the weekend
2010 LABADIE PIG GIG Presented by State Farm is Sponsored by the following:
Mid-Michigan Toyota Dealers
Great Lakes Loons
Great Lakes Harley Davidson
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino
Soaring Eagle Casino
Blue Care Network
Saginaw Custom Polishing & Buffing
The Bay City Times
WNEM - TV5
Bay City Mall
Batshke Garden Center
The Bay City Jaycees
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