BIG PIG JIG® was born in Vienna, Georgia when a group of self-professed gourmets made wagers
on who among them could cook the most succulent pig! That year, 1982, those creative people
recommended combining a barbecue cooking competition with an established and well-attended arts
and crafts fair and the county’s livestock association annual hog show. The merging of events has
grown into a festival named twice by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events
in America, three times acclaimed as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast
Tourism Society, and recognized by Southeast Festivals and Events Association and International
Festivals and Events Association with more than twenty five awards, including Best Georgia Festival.
BIG PIG JIG® was listed by Travel Agent magazine as one of America’s Top 500 Festivals, touted by
Tom Clynes, author of WILD PLANET! as one of the world’s 1,001 Most Extraordinary Events. The
contest has also been named to the Discovery Travel Channel’s top ten list of “World’s Best Barbecue
Contests” for the past four years. The festival was featured on the Food Network’s “All – American
Festivals” plus a one-hour special entitled “The BIG PIG JIG®”. In March of 2004 the festival was
awarded the Spirit of Barbecue award from the National Barbecue News proclaiming BIG PIG JIG®
Event of the Year. Most recently the BIG PIG JIG® was listed in the New York Times best seller “1001
PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE” by Patricia Shultz.