The fourth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest will be combined with the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport Aviation Expo this year. Both events will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the airport, 39450 South Ave.
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has expanded its BBQ and Blues Fest into a day of fun for aviation and history enthusiasts by holding the event at the airport. Admission is free, with $10 for parking.
Visitors will enjoy barbecue, adult beverages and hot cocoa at the Swine Terrace, live blues music, a kids’ fun zone by the YMCA, a classic car and motorcycle Show and Shine, aircraft displays, the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History, and business and aviation expos.
Selwyn Birchwood, winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, and his band will be among the featured performers.
The blues shows begin at 11 a.m. with returning local favorite Cold Iron, followed by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Ellie Lee and Blues Fury at 12:30 p.m. The Charlie Morris Band will play at 2 p.m., followed by the Selwyn Birchwood Band at 3:30 p.m.
The World War II Museum of Military History, located on site, will be open. As part of the aviation expo, the airport will set up planes and aviation-related displays.
About 40 teams are expected to compete at this year’s Florida State Championship BBQ Contest, sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association.
Teams come from across the state, as well as the surrounding area, to enter the event. Professional barbecue chefs will compete for prizes from an $8,000 purse with plates of pork, chicken, ribs and brisket.
In addition, there will be a separate competition for backyard chefs, who will compete for trophies, ribbons and bragging rights.
The Florida BBQ Association sanctioned the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ competition in 2011, and the event became a state championship contest in 2012. The grand champion of the professional division will receive an invitation to the American Royal National Championships in Kansas City and be entered in the draw for the Jack Daniel’s World Championships in Lynchburg, Tenn.
Since its inception, BBQ and Blues has raised thousands of dollars for local youth and education programs and community services of the chamber.
Those attending should bring lawn chairs for seating. No coolers or pets are allowed. For information, visit zephyrhillschamber .org or contact Pat Pennington at (813) 782-1913 or info@zephyrhills chamber.org.
For aviation expo or airport information, contact the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport at (813) 780-0030.