PIGS FOR THE KIDS CHARITY BBQ CONTEST AND FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LIVE
All-day, Family-Friendly Event to Take Place at Craig Ranch Regional Park Sept.
23, Noon – 9 p.m.
Pigs for the Kids, the Sept. 23 barbecue competition for area cancer charities held at Craig Ranch Regional Park, announces its live music lineup. The event, held from noon to 9 p.m., features a spirited barbecue competition, live bands, ice cold beer, wine, and more—the family-friendly event tastes good and does good by supporting childhood cancer charities. This year’s Pigs for the Kids will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
This year’s schedule of live music acts and other programming follows:
Noon – 12:45 p.m.
1:15 – 2 p.m.
Face the Funk
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
5 – 5:45 p.m.
6:15 – 6:45 p.m.
BBQ CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
6:45 – 8:30 p.m.
The Soul Joos Band
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, a survivor of stage IV cancer himself, will serve as the judge for his very own category—the Mayor’s Most Wanted—in the spirited pork, beans and sauce-oriented competition.
Like no other barbecue competition in Las Vegas, Pigs for the Kids offers everyone—from backyard grill masters to professional chefs and restaurateurs—a chance to show their barbecue brilliance in a variety of categories. Teams will compete to take home the third-annual Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off Grand Champion Trophy; trophies will be offered in six categories: ribs, pork shoulder, sauce, beans, Mayor’s Most Wanted and “Hog Wild”—where anything goes, as long as it includes pork.
With the community’s support, the event expects upwards of 30 barbecue teams to compete, which will be judged by a panel of both certified as well as celebrity judges. All styles of barbecue are sure to be represented and attendees can purchase a V.I.Pig Pass with access to open bar and the V.I.Pig tent.
Inspired by founder Todd Radwanski’s daughter, Adilyn, who was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer at 8 months old, Pigs for the Kids was envisioned as a fun-filled community event to support organizations such as those that helped the Radwanski family during Adilyn’s illness. Now a vivacious, athletic 13-year-old girl, Adilyn served as ambassador for the Candlelighters’ 5K, is academically driven and continues to serve as inspiration for everyone around her. It was Adilyn who suggested “Pigs for the Kids” as the name for this event and is delighted to be part of something helping other kids affected by cancer.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and include one Piggy Buck, which is redeemable for food and drink as well as kids’ activities at the festival; children 12 and younger are free. V.I.Pig Passes are $150 and include access to the V.I.Pig Tent, exclusive parking, open bar, special chef dishes and 10 Piggy Bucks ($20 value). Additional Piggy Bucks are available for purchase for $2 each. Sponsorships are also available at a variety of levels. For more information and to purchase admission tickets, go to www.PigsForTheKids.org.