KANNAPOLIS – Jiggy with the Piggy 2019 returns bigger and better this May with the smells and tastes of barbeque and fun for the entire family.

Once again the City of Kannapolis will host 60 barbeque competition teams. Teams from across the country will battle it out in the competition on the North Carolina Research Campus sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The complete schedule for the event has been released.

The signature concert Friday night will be country music great Joe Nichols.

Multi-platinum recording artist Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country artists. His latest album Never Gets Old features his new single “Billy Graham’s Bible,” and the title hit, “Never Grows Old.”

His career includes the album Crickets which debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and spawned the two multi-week #1, RIAA gold-certified hits “Yeah” and “Sunny and 75.”

Nichols has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters” and “I’ll Wait For You.”

He is has been nominated four times for a Grammy and is the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award, the CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award and the prestigious “Horizon Award” from the Country Music Association.

Performing on Saturday will be Chase Bryant. One of the most prolific guitar players in today’s class of new country artists, 26-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, Texas (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles cofounded the group Ricochet.

Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to No. 3 on the country radio charts. His guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the No. 1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown.

The festival, sponsored by Smithfield, will have more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, concerts, a 5K walk/run, fireworks and a People’s Choice wings and pork tasting.

This year the Kannapolis Firefighter’s Association will bring back its cooking skills to the festival and selling barbeque to the public.

There will also be events for children including the popular Zucchini 600. Children can build a racecar out of zucchini and race for prizes.

Movies on Campus returns, sponsored by the 600 Festival, with Wreck-It Ralph 2.

As always this festival and the concerts are free to the public. No pets please.

Thursday, May 2

1-5 p.m. BBQ Competition Teams Arrive

4-7 p.m. Kannapolis Farmers Market – Opening Day

Zucchini 600 Pre-build workshop @ the Farmers Market

(The city provides the zucchini & veggies – get tips and help building your racecar).

6:30 p.m. Jiggy with the Piggy 5K, Run Kannapolis Series. (Dress in a piggy related costume to win prizes).

Intimidators Baseball vs Hickory Crawdads. Get tickets at tickets@intimidatorsbaseball.com

Friday, May 3

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. BBQ competition teams arrive

5 p.m. Festival opens to the public - North Carolina Research Campus horseshoe

Food, arts & crafts, carnival rides, and more

6:30 p.m. – Wreck-It Ralph 2

Location: Veterans Park

Bring a blanket/chair and enjoy this fun family movie.

Sponsored by 600 Festival Association

Intimidators Baseball vs Hickory Crawdads

7-9 p.m. People's Choice - Wings (while tickets last)

Location: N.C. Research Campus – near the Core Lab, N. Research Drive (Look for the signs and the white tent). Festival attendees can purchase blocks of ten (10) wings for $10. Proceeds benefit the Cannon Memorial YMCA to help fund local youth scholarships and programs.

7-9:45 p.m. Joe Nichols in Concert with Michael Cosner - North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe

(7-8 p.m. Michel Cosner/8:30-9:45 p.m. Joe Nichols)

9:45 p.m. Fireworks

Saturday, May 4

7 a.m. Kannapolis YMCA All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast - Admission is $5.

9 a.m. Festival opens to the public – North Carolina Research Campus Horseshoe

Food, arts & crafts, carnival rides and more

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kid's Zone Activities

10 a.m.- Zucchini 600 Pits Open

Noon - Zucchini 600 Races Start

Carnival rides, inflatables, GoPro Motorplex kids car displays

Noon – 2 p.m. People's Choice - Pork Tasting (while supplies last)

Location: Research Campus - Core Lab, N. Research Drive (Look for the signs and the white tent)

Proceeds Benefit the Kannapolis Rotary Club.

Festival attendees can purchase blocks of ten (10) samples for $10.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - BBQ Competition Entry Turn-In

12:30-5 p.m. – Chase Bryant in concert with Diamonds & Whiskey and Corey Hunt

(12:30-2 p.m. Diamonds & Whiskey/ 2-3:30 p.m. Corey Hunt/ 3:30 p.m. Chase Bryant)

5 p.m. - BBQ Competition Awards Ceremony - The Laureate Center, Kannapolis City Hall

5 p.m. - Festival Ends

Intimidators Baseball vs Hickory Crawdads

Sunday, May 5

1-3 p.m. Jazz in the Park – Brian Burton Trio

Location: Veterans Park

Bring a blanket/chair

For more information on the festival visit www.jiggywiththepiggy.com

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