APOLLO BEACH - It's time for Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Beer, Blues & Business Expo, and organizers say it'll be a blast for participants and visitors alike.
Hosted by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will take place Friday from 4-10 p.m. at the MiraBay Sweetbay Plaza, 137 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach. Admission and parking are free.
“This will be my first time participating in Pigs in the Parking Lot,” said Seth “Doogie” Dugan of Doogie Entertainment. “(We) will have our booth set up showcasing our children's parties and DJ services … some fun science experiments children can take part in and also some giveaways.
“We are excited to be part of this community event,” he said.
Other new businesses will include Abyss Freediving, Playtime, SouthShore Tents and Events, Your Green Team and Shore Bliss Yoga. And community favorites such as Tampa Bay Martial Arts, Champion Self Storage, Sam's Club and South Bay Hospital will join nonprofit groups like Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary, Bullet-Free Sky and the Firehouse Cultural Center.
“Last year's Pigs in the Parking Lot was a great success for the South Shore Anglers,” said spokesman Steve Hoffman. “Business was steady all evening, giving the club a chance to sell many hats, visors and shirts. And those attending found out how a civic organization that likes to fish works for the community.”
Among the specialty food vendors will be Bethune's BBQ, Fatheads Rib Shack, Kabobs – and The Mullet Shack for those not in the mood for barbecue. Live blues music will be performed by the TomKats from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by Ladyhawke from 6 to 10.
Children can check out the expanded kids' area featuring a bounce house, soccer shots, clowns and Tumblebus, a gym on wheels filled with fun, gymnastics equipment.
For more information, call (813) 645-1366.
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